Serval

INTRODUCTION

Servals have big ears to aid them in listening out for the slightest movement of rodents in long grass.
In short bursts the Serval is very quick, with their long legs they can jump up to 10ft (3.5m) into the air to catch rising or landing birds. Our two Servals are a father and daughter pair. Zahara, born in 2011 is the complete opposite of her dad Jabari. Where he is confident she is shy, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t afraid to tell him off if he is irritating her or getting too close to her piece of food.

GALLERY

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Leptailurus serval

Status:

Least concern

Size:

96 to 120 cm

Weight:

8 to 13 Kg

Life Span in Wild:

10 years

Habitat:

Grasslands, forest edge

Diet:

Carnivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Hares, rodents, birds, reptiles

Where Do I Live?

East, Central and South Africa

Do I Have Any Predators?

Humans

How Do I Live?

Nocturnal and crepuscular. Mostly solitary. Terrestrial but agile climbers.

Why Am I Endangered?

Although Serval populations in the wild remain widespread their numbers could be in danger of decreasing in the future due to habitat destruction affecting their prey sources.

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