The Serval Cat

(Leptailurus serval)

FeedingThere are fewer servals now than ever before due to the human population taking over its habitat and hunting for its pelt. It is not an endangered species at the present time; however, it may come to that unless the fur trade becomes better controlled.

Interesting facts

Did you know?
Did you know that servals are the most easily tamed of all wild cats? The Egyptians kept them as pets and used them to catch rodents.

Did you know?
Did you know that even though servals seldom swim, they are good swimmers?

serval in the wild


Although the serval is highly respected for its ability to catch rodents, it is also an opportunistic predator whose diet also includes hares, hyraxes, birds (quails, flamingos, quelea and teal), reptiles, insects, fish and frogs. The serval may occasionally take an antelope or larger animal, but more often, the serval's prey will weigh less than 7 ounces.