Also known as the Caracal Lynx the caracal is the largest of the small African cats. It has a long, slender, uniformly colored body with a comparatively short, tapering tail and long, tufted ears. The short, thick coat varies from grayish to reddish-brown, with white on chin, throat and underparts, and a black line from eye to nose. Coloration tends to be lighter in arid regions and darker where there is more rain. Black (melanistic) individuals are occasionally seen. The hind legs are longer than the forelegs, so that the animal appears to be tilted forward. The caracal’s ears are its most distinctive feature, being long, narrow and pointed, black on the outside, and topped with 1-3/4 inch (45 mm) tufts of black hair.
The caracal is a fast runner-the swiftest of the smaller African cats, a good tree climber and an exceptional jumper, leaping high in the air to knock down birds. The caracal is able to go without water for days by obtaining moisture from its prey.
Here are the top caracal from the SCI Record Book.