Two Healthy Caracal Kittens Emerge
Zoo welcomes Spring babies and proud parents!
Gulf Breeze, Florida – April 4, 2016 - Gulf Breeze Zoo is seeing double again when it comes to Spring babies these days. Mother Katarina, a 6 year old caracal, gave birth to two healthy kittens on February 28th.
Similar to household cats, baby caracal kittens are born with their eyes and ears closed and completely dependent upon their mother for safety and milk. For the first month the mother caracal will keep the kittens in a secluded, safe den while they develop and grow.
Now at just over a month old, visitors can finally see both babies, Koda and Kali wrestling and playing together just outside of the den under their mother's watchful eye.
The caracal is a medium-sized wild cat with distinctive, long, black-tufted ears, native to Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and India. Caracals generally give birth to one to six kittens after a gestation of 68-81 days. They have remarkable speed and agility, allowing them to tackle prey up to three times its size, such as antelope. Although the caracal's conservation status is not considered to be threatened or endangered, in many areas of southern Africa it is heavily persecuted as a pest due to its habit of preying on poultry. Parents, Katarina and Swiper and their two new kittens can be viewed every day, weather dependent, from 9am – 4pm.
The Gulf Coast Area’s award-winning Gulf Breeze Zoo is home to more than 900 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many hands on animal encounters and kid’s activities perfect for field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily and is located just off Highway 98. Admission to the zoo is $17.95 for adults, $13.95 for children. Military, senior and group rates are available. Call (850) 932-2229, or visit www.GBZoo.com for information.
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