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    Default Finding Caracals/Rooikat

    Hi everyone. I have a client looking for footage of caracals, but they are tricky animals to film. I've tried in the Kgalagadi before with very little success (although it was very hot when we were there and I think we may have better luck if we can stay at Rooiputs and search that area early morning and late afternoon since I have seen quite a few photos of a caracal between Rooiputs and Kij Kij.

    Does anyone have suggestions for other locations where caracals can be seen reliably? Or perhaps where there is a semi-tame caracal that has been hand-reared then released?

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    There was a litter at Kirstenbosch a while ago and I know many people got photos of the kittens/mom. Sure they are still around although might not be nice "in the wild" type of photos. They are quite habituated to people what ive heard.
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    Default Re: Finding Caracals/Rooikat

    About 10 km south of Gariep dam wall there was a couple on a farm rehabilitating injured Caracul. I cant remember the name of the farm but they had a hand reared caracul mooching about. Perhaps cold call a few accomadation spots in the area, someone is bound to help you. That area is Caracul HQ.

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    Default Re: Finding Caracals/Rooikat

    Quote Originally Posted by oubok View Post
    About 10 km south of Gariep dam wall there was a couple on a farm rehabilitating injured Caracul. I cant remember the name of the farm but they had a hand reared caracul mooching about. Perhaps cold call a few accomadation spots in the area, someone is bound to help you. That area is Caracul HQ.
    Thanks! I will follow up on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobhof View Post
    Thanks! I will follow up on this.
    The farm is called Orange Valley guest farm according to my wife.

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    Default Re: Finding Caracals/Rooikat

    Quote Originally Posted by oubok View Post
    The farm is called Orange Valley guest farm according to my wife.
    No luck getting hold of them. Their number seems to be disconnected.

    Any other suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ SA View Post
    There was a litter at Kirstenbosch a while ago and I know many people got photos of the kittens/mom. Sure they are still around although might not be nice "in the wild" type of photos. They are quite habituated to people what ive heard.
    Thanks. I actually went there when I heard about the kittens but I did not manage to find them, and I think they have moved off now.

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    Default Re: Finding Caracals/Rooikat

    I have seen caracal over the lagoon Stanford side . A couple on the tracks down to the beach around dusk.
    Not tame at all though.

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    Last time I was at Sondela, they told me they have at least a dozen Caracal on the farm
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    Default Re: Finding Caracals/Rooikat

    Rob you stay in Hermanus if I remember correctly?

    Maybe it's worth a shot to ask the Cape Leopard Trust, they have camera traps all over and may be able to assist with some locations where they pop up often, bit of a long shot though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ SA View Post
    Rob you stay in Hermanus if I remember correctly?

    Maybe it's worth a shot to ask the Cape Leopard Trust, they have camera traps all over and may be able to assist with some locations where they pop up often, bit of a long shot though.
    Thanks. Yeah, that's probably worth a shot. We would also like to film a caracal release, so perhaps they can help with that.

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    Default Re: Finding Caracals/Rooikat

    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    Last time I was at Sondela, they told me they have at least a dozen Caracal on the farm
    Thanks Stranger. I'll drop them a message and ask how frequently they are seen.

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    Default Re: Finding Caracals/Rooikat

    There are some around Fisherhaven/Rooisand Nature Reserve.
    I have an animal that visits my garden in FH some nights and leaves it`s trademark, attached. Also the odd bird wing or two. So far identified as Genet or Caracal, any experts out there?
    A youngster was killed by a car on the Meer n See road in 2019
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    Default Re: Finding Caracals/Rooikat

    Quote Originally Posted by Electro View Post
    There are some around Fisherhaven/Rooisand Nature Reserve.
    I have an animal that visits my garden in FH some nights and leaves it`s trademark, attached. Also the odd bird wing or two. So far identified as Genet or Caracal, any experts out there?
    A youngster was killed by a car on the Meer n See road in 2019
    Interesting. Maybe a bit small for caracal? But I am no expert.

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    Default Re: Finding Caracals/Rooikat

    Also maybe drop a line to Keith Newman on this forum. He has trail camera's all over the west coast looking for Brownies. He may have pics of Caracal and where they were spotted.
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    Default Re: Finding Caracals/Rooikat

    I believe a caracal was 'rewilded' at Zimanga Private Game Reserve, so that might be worth a shot. Otherwise you could try Emdoneni near Hluhluwe though I can't vouch for how legit they are.

    Earth Touch have also filmed caracals in the past and offer logistics and production services so you could reach out to them: https://www.earthtouchnews.com/about-us/logistics-production-services

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    Default Re: Finding Caracals/Rooikat

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    Default Re: Finding Caracals/Rooikat

    … bit late (!) but 1 or 2 mnths back
    watched a Caracal stalking prey
    (francolin ?) along ‘ riverside’ rd
    just 1-2 km S of Larrys Dam/Dula Nokeng
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    Default Re: Finding Caracals/Rooikat

    Quote Originally Posted by Hylton View Post
    I have seen caracal over the lagoon Stanford side . A couple on the tracks down to the beach around dusk.
    Not tame at all though.
    Thanks Hylton. That's useful.

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