Cape Town caracals under threat from rat poison and poaching

The Urban Caracal Project's Laurel Serieys talks to Kieno Kammies about some tragic occurrences surrounding the caracal population in the Western Cape. She explains the plight of these cats that are being poisoned and targeted by poachers.

These animals are widespread throughout the Table Mountain National Park but they have noticed that the numbers are declining.

This is attributed to these animals being hit by cars and rat poison that's left outside many houses.

Read: What role do Caracals play in the eco-system?

In a recent study we did we found 92% of caracals were exposed to poisons across Table Mountain National Park and suburbs surrounding Cape Town.

Laurel Serieys, Urban Caracal Project

We are also documenting a number of poaching cases.

Laurel Serieys, Urban Caracal Project

Basically, they are up against a whole lot in this fragmented system at Table Mountain National Park.

Laurel Serieys, Urban Caracal Project

Serieys says it is working with different stakeholders to encourage people to live better with these animals because there is no documented record of caracals threatening domestic animals or children.

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Cape Town caracals under threat from rat poison and poaching


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