A long-legged cat species, Caracal was spotted in Keoladeo National Park (KNP) in Rajasthan. The camera trap in the national park, which was installed to record the movement of leopards, captured the very first and rare picture of caracal at night. Its spotting in KNP comes one week after an injured caracal was rescued from a dry well in Ranthambore National Park. He was referred to the Jaipur Zoo for surgery where the caracal has to undergo an orthopedic surgery.
It is to be noted that a caracal is an endangered wild cat species that is a native of Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and India. It is a threatened species that has seen dwindling population due to conversion of its natural habitat for agricultural land and settlements. Caracal inhabits in semi-deserts, open savannas, shrublands, moist woodlands and montane forests. It is also worth noticing that there are only 28 caracals left in Rajasthan and it was believed Ranthambore National Park had the highest number of this species. Therefore sighting of a caracal in Keoladeo is a rare thing as this national park is known mainly for its large population of bird species.