It’s been a while since we’ve spotted Cape Town’s favourite regal cat, Hermes the Caracal. Thanks to an observant Pierre Blignaut and the Urban Caracal Project for sharing his special sighting, we can once again feast our eyes on the beauty of this majestic animal.
And this time, he’s brought along a friend to share the spotlight.
“…they were a real treat and not eager to run away. Almost like they had something or some reason to loiter around the area just off the road,” says Blignaut.
Take a look:
Ways to support the project:
- Please immediately report all roadkill caracals in the Cape Town area (i.e., the Peninsula and outer suburbs) to Dr Gabriella Leighton at [email protected] or call 079 837 8814.
- The project relies exclusively on donations and grant support that has funded everything from GPS collars and caracal tracking efforts to genetic analyses, supplies, pesticide and disease testing, health assessments, and much more!
- Report caracal sightings HERE.
Its current project expenses are focused on supporting the work of a PhD student, Gabriella Leighton, as she wraps up her urban caracal project on disease testing at the University of Cape Town.
Any amount helps, and 100% of donations go to the project:
Standard Bank of South Africa Limited
- Beneficiary Reference: iCWild Urban Caracal
- Account name: UCT Donations Account
- Branch name: Rondebosch
- Branch code: 025009
- Branch address: Belmont Road, Rondebosch 7700, Cape Town
- Account number: 071522387
- Account type: Current
- Swift address: SBZAZAJJ
To assist with prompt identification and processing of donations, please include an abbreviated donor name and donation purpose in the bank reference field.
Once a deposit or electronic payment has been made, please notify the project by email at [email protected] and [email protected], explaining what the donation is for.
Watch! Hermes the caracal casually strolling along the trail
Picture: Urban Caracal Project / Facebook