Servals are elegant, spotted, medium-sized wild cats from Africa. They are very long-legged, with long graceful necks, relatively small triangular heads and large ears which are upright and placed close together on top of the head. They have a golden yellow to tawny ground coat, with black spots on the sides and bars on the neck and shoulder. Their ¾-length “ringed” tails get bushy when they are excited. The average height is 20” at the shoulder, and they may weigh from 25 to 50 lbs. when mature.
In the wild, servals are found in well-watered savannah regions with tall grass where they prey mainly upon rats and other rodents, but also birds, fish, insects, small reptiles and frogs.
Their long legs help them see over and into tall grass, and their large ears are perfectly adapted to listen for and locate moving rodents, even underground. They can leap very high into the air to “clap” at birds, or pounce anywhere up to 12 feet away.
Although they are not endangered, wetland conservation is important to servals, because they are confined largely to wetland habitats. They are also important controllers of rodents on farmland.
In their native Africa, servals have been kept as pets for a very long time, and have been privately owned in the United States for many years. These amazing animals bond very strongly with their owners, but they are not ideal house pets. They are very high energy and need access to an outdoor enclosure where they can run and exercise, which must be built to certain standards.
Servals have specialized dietary needs, and are known to "mark" their territory. They may or may not have good litterbox habits. Their lifespan is 20 years and they are not as easily adaptable to changes in environment and owners as a domestic cat.
Serval ownership is a long-term commitment and not one to ever be approached casually without careful consideration and preparation. State, County and City laws require most owners to obtain special permits, and in some areas of the United States, Serval ownership is illegal.
Our servals are personal pets and are not used in our Savannah breeding program. Some of them also serve as ambassadors for the Savannah breed at the Savannah-Rama events at TICA shows. Public response has been very favorable for these events.
Shows featuring the Savannah-Rama have drawn huge crowds as people are fascinated to meet the inspiration for the Savannah breed.
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