Caracal included in list of critically endangered species

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  • February 27, 2021
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Caracal included in list of critically endangered species

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – III – Biodiversity

In news 

  • 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.

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