The Serval Cat

Serval

There 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?

Diet

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.

The serval is in danger of becoming extinct due to humans taking over its habitat

Habitat

The serval's main habitat is the savannah. It also lives in the dry open grasslands and in the moister areas around the equatorial rainforests. Because the serval needs water courses within its territory, it does not live in semi-deserts. Although it is able to climb and swim, it seldom does so.