Serval – another beautiful African cat



Scientific Name:Leptailorus serval
English name: serval
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Link to Red List page: serval red list

IUCN red list classification as Least Concern


Serval doesn’t love the desert or semi-desert lands, he lives preferably in the small bush of savanna because he needs the river presence with water.


Serval is a small wild cat if compared with the lion but mostly time he shares the same habitat. He is 50 cm high and he can weigh between 10 to 18 kg and 85 cm long. It is strictly related to Caracal.

A couple of serval

Where to find:

Serval is endemic in Africa, almost in all sub-Saharan region, different from Caracal is not present in other regions like the Middle East or Asia. Is present in good quantity and he has not any risk of extinction, anyway in some places like the southwest of South Africa is extinct, was hunted because is mantle is very appreciated. Pointless to say how much is stupid to extinct a species for the mantle It is no sense, but we know in the human beings the nonsense is normal.


Even this beautiful cat is a specialist on hunting birds, he can jump up 2 mt high and 4 mt ahead his body is a perfect machine built for jump and catch the prey when try to leave during the attack. His diet is extremely various, he can eat and depend even on the geographical area, he can eat rabbit or rat birds, he catches even reptiles, in his diet, there are even small gazelle or antelopes like dik-dik, so he doesn’t have any problem, wherever he is he find something to eat.

His character is not aggressive and someone keeps him as a domestic cat.
He doesn’t have a preference from day and night, he catches anytime but the preferred moments are twilight and midnight. Is not alpha animal so he has some predators in the environment, the major are hyenas and wild dog but sometimes even the leopard catch him.

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