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serval cat

Scientific Name: Felis serval

Habitat: dry open savanna, woodland

Diet: hares, rodents, birds, insects especially beetles

Life span: 19 years

Young: average 3 young/litter (kits)

Size: 9-13 kg (19-28 lbs)

These solitary cats have many specialized hunting adaptations. Their large ears hear the ultrasonic (very high) frequencies made by their rodent prey. Serval cats are very skilled at digging rodents out of underground burrows using their powerful front paws. The long legs of the cat help it to see over the tall savanna grasses for signs of prey. Serval cats can jump as high as 3 m (9 ft.) into the air to catch birds in flight.

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Serval cat on Animal Diversity Web


Range: Africa

Status in the Wild

Status: threatened

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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