The Caracal lynx is an animal of sub-Saharan Africa, north Africa, Arabia, India and the near east. With its long tasselled ears, distinctive face markings and a lithe body it is a particularly beautiful animal. It is truly a delightful sight when driving through one of South Africa's game reserves to see one of these animals leaping at full stretch into the air in pursuit of a bird in flight. With its speed and precision, birds frequently fall to its outstretched claws. Snakes should also be wary at the approach of the Caracal lynx. Reptiles are one of their culinary favourites.
Sadly, in central and west Africa the Caracal Lynx is now frequently sought as luxury bushmeat. With gourmands and their sometimes macabre quest for the unusual, ape heads and hands are also falling into that unfortunate category of luxury bushmeat.
When travelling I enjoy trying out the local cuisine, but for a number of reasons luxury bushmeat, and that includes crocodile, is not to my taste.
Posted by Anne Gordon on Monday 23 August, 2010