Serval Cat

Serval cats are slender, medium sized creatures with a widespread distribution in Africa south of the Sahara Desert. They are rare north of the desert. They have an average height of 54 – 62 cm (21 – 24 in) at the shoulder and weigh 9 – 18 kg (20 – 40 lb). Males are slightly larger than females. They have the longest legs relative to body size of any cat.

These carnivores eat mainly rodents which they capture by leaping high into the air and coming down upon them with their forelegs. They also eat birds, reptiles, frogs and insects. They prefer to hunt in areas of tall grass or reeds near water sources.

They are solitary animals except during mating who hunt by day or night. They usually rest during the midday.

Serval Cat @ Safari Niagara

  • Safari Niagara is home to two Serval Cats.
  • Their names are Aziza & Gemeni.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivera
Family: Felidae
Genus: Leptailuraus
Species: L. serval

Did you know?

  • Servals are protected under CITES Appendix 1.
  • They have been associated with humans since the time of ancient Egypt.
  • However, they do not make good pets.