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Serval

Leptailurus serval

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A high jumper!

These small cats can really catch some air.

About the Species

Only a slight resemblance.

Like another popular African cat, the cheetah, servals are a small to medium cat with golden fur and black spots. They can reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour, but can run longer than a cheetah. They typically hunt where they can hide and stay near water. They are solitary and and range territories of 4 to 12 miles.

Words From the Experts

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Servals are high energy cats who are extremely intelligent. We train every day to make sure our servals are stimulated, maintain their natural behaviors, help with healthcare—not to mention it's fun for us!

Madison

Madison

Did You Know?

Servals have the longest legs in proportion to their body size for any cat species!

Facts

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Origin

Africa

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Habitat

Savannahs and grasslands

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Size

Height: 21–24 inches | Weight: 20–40 pounds

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Diet

Birds, frogs, insects, reptiles

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Predators

Leopards, hyenas, African dogs

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Natural Defenses

Camouflage, speed, eyespots

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Reproduction

1–4 offspring per litter

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Status

Least Concern

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Life Expectancy

Up to 20 years in human care

  • Saving Animals From Extinction
  • Culture Builds Florida
  • Florida Association of Zoos and Aquariums
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