Caracal included in list of critically endangered species
Part of: GS Prelims and GS – III – Biodiversity
- The caracal, a medium-sized wildcat was recently included in the list of critically endangered species.
- Agencies: The National Board for Wildlife and Union Ministry of Environment
- It is found in parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Important value additions
- Some experts believe that the animal is on the verge of extinction in India.
- The recovery programme for critically endangered species in India now includes 22 wildlife species.
- Besides India, the caracal is found across Africa, the Middle East, Central and South Asia.
- While it flourishes in parts of Africa, its numbers in Asia are declining.
- The wildcat has long legs, a short face, long canine teeth, and distinctive ears — long and pointy, with tufts of black hair at their tips.