A decline in the caracal population in the Cape Peninsula over the past five years is being blamed on humans.
Road collisions, dog attacks, rat poison, and poaching are responsible for the drop in numbers.
Since 2014 the Urban Caracal Project in Cape Town has been monitoring the caracal population in the region and assessing threats to its survival.
Latest figures put the numbers in the Cape Peninsula at between 50 and 70 but a spike in caracal deaths in the last couple of weeks has threatened the population even further.
The road kill that we've documented in the last week is potentially ten percent of the population.— Dr. Laurel Serieys, Founder, Urban Caracal Project
It's amazing considering how much we've impacted the system that there are still predators that survive.— Dr. Laurel Serieys, Founder, Urban Caracal Project
Caracals act as an indicator for ecosystem health and inform us what factors are threatening the conservation of wildlife generally.— Dr. Laurel Serieys, Founder, Urban Caracal Project
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