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Serval

Felis serval

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Felis serval
Class: Mammal
Weight: 20 to 55 pounds
Life span: Up to 19 years
Conservation status: Endangered
Number of offspring: 2 young at a time

About

I LIVE IN AFRICA

Servals are most often found in southern Africa living near water in grasslands and bamboo thickets. They can even be found at altitudes of 12,500 feet.


I AM A CARNIVORE

This wild cat species eats a variety of things including rodents, birds, and reptiles. They use their long legs and agility to jump high and pounce on their prey. They also use their long forelimbs to reach into burrows to catch prey as well.


SERVALS ARE SOLITARY

Servals are a very solitary species. They only come together in pairs for breeding. Young servals only stay with their months for a few months before going off on their own.


SPRING IN THEIR STEP

Servals have very long and powerful legs that trey often use when hunting. This feline can jump as high as 12 feet in the air to catch birds as they fly by.


HELPING SERVALS IN THE WILD

The servals at the Zoo are enrolled in the Species Survival Plan (SSP). SSP is a program implemented by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help ensure a genetically viable population exists.


I AM IMPORTANT TO MY ECOSYSTEM

As small hunters, servals play a crucial role in keeping smaller prey populations, such as rodents and birds, under control.


Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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