This beautiful, nocturnal spotted cat is found in tall, dense grassland near water and reed-beds, typically in the wetter northern and eastern parts. It reminds of a small cheetah with short tail and big, rounded ears. Might take the occasional poultry, but poses no threat to livestock.
CITES Appendix II. Red Data Book: Rare.
When calling predators at night in habitat as above, extra care should be taken with identification before shooting. The bright eyes of a serval can easily be confused with that of fox, jackal or caracal. Its response to rabbit distress cries is very similar to that of jackal.
|In typical catlike fashion,
servals attach with high arching pounce.
Half of these are successful.|
|Serval will readily enter
water in pursuit of prey.|
|They can snatch low flying
birds from flight!|