The caracal, also known as the desert lynx, is a wild cat that is widely distributed across Africa, central Asia and southwest Asia into India. The word caracal is derived from the Turkish words "kara kulak," which means "black ear.
Cats: Sand Cat (Felis margarita), also known as the sand dune cat, found primarily in true desert and has a wide but apparently disjunct distribution through the deserts of northern Africa and southwest and central Asia.
The Caracal (aka desert lynx) is a wild cat widely distributed across Africa, central Asia and SW Asia into India. The felid is considered threatened in north Africa, and rare in the central Asian republics and India.
The name caracal comes from the Turkish word ‘karakalak’ which means ‘a black ear.’ It is a medium-sized animal native to the deserts and savannahs of Africa, Central Asia, the Arabian Peninsula and the Caspian Sea coast.
Caracal cats are the result of the African Golden Cat & the Serval crossing at one point in history. It ranges from W & S Asia into Pakistan, Turkey & Africa; is heaviest of all small-medium sz wild cats. Not related to the Lynx.