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Servals can leap over 3 meters in the air and are often known as African Leaping Cat
Size: Length 59-92cms Height 54-62cms
Number of offspring: 1-4 kittens
Gestation: 2.5 months
Maturity: 18-24 months
Lifespan: up to 20yrs
Predators: Leopards, wild dogs, hyenas
Widely through Sub-saharan Africa, preferring areas of tall grass often close to water, in savannah and grassland
Crepuscular and terrestrial, living in home ranges.
Slender with long legs, lean body, short tail and small head with large ears. Tawny colour coat with both black spots and stripes. White belly fur. Extremely agile.
Central to South Africa
Carnivorous: specialised in preying on small mammals, mainly on grass and mole rats, birds, reptiles, frogs, crabs and large insects.
Polygynous, male territories overlap as many female territories as possible for optimum reproduction. Although there is no set breeding season, mating most often occurs in the spring. When a female is coming into oestrus and nearly ready to breed she will find and court a male over several days before coming into oestrus.
Males are predominately solitary living in home ranges which they defend. Females will stay with offspring for up to 2 years; female offspring are more tolerated to remain in a mother’s home range than males.
Habitat loss and degradation, hunting for pelts and Medicinal value.