The caracal is distributed over Africa and the Middle East. Its chief habitat is dry steppes and semi deserts, but it also inhabits woodlands, savannah, and scrub forests. They generally prefer open country, so long as there is sufficient cover, in the form of bushes and rocks, from which to hide. The caracal is a slender, yet muscular, cat, with long legs and a short tail. Males typically weigh 13 to 18 kilograms (29 to 40 lb), while females weigh about 11 kilograms (24 lb).. Compared to lynxes, it has longer legs, shorter fur, and a slimmer appearance.