Body 32 inches, tail 16 inches; 21 inches at shoulder
Africa south of the Sahara
Open forests to savannas
Wild - Small mammals, birds, reptiles, insects
Zoo - Feline diet
Slender, long-legged cat with a short tail. Yellowish or reddish with black spots that may blend into stripes along the neck and black. Large oval ears with a distinct white spot on back. Swift, graceful runners and good climbers.
- Longest legs of all the cats relative to its size, letting them see over tall grass.
- Can purr.
- Servals are hunted for their skins and to be sold as pets.
Not threatened; CITES App. II; declining due to hunting pressure (as a pest and for fur).
Grzimek's Animal Encyclopedia, Vol. 13 Mammals IV
The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals, Jonathan Kingdon