Animal Species

Serval
Did you know?

“Serval” is Portuguese for wolf-deer. Their extra long neck and legs give them the nickname, “giraffe-cat”. If we compared our ears to the serval’s in proportion to our heads, they would be the size of dinner plates!

Sponsors
Jaclyn Cofield; Cindy Kerchoff
Habitat
Savannah, forests and marshlands in Africa (near a water source)
Size
2-3 feet long with a 1 - 1 1⁄2 tail, 2 feet tall
Weight
20-40 pounds
Lifespan
10-20 years
Diet
Small mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects
Reproduction
1-4 kittens after a 63-74 day gestation
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Threats
Habitat loss; predators such as the leopard, hyena and lion