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The serval is a specialized hunter and has very acute hearing to help pinpoint its small prey. Its long legs also let the serval see over the tall savannah grasses to detect signs of movement of potential prey.
Servals have been extensively hunted for their fur. They are still common in West and East Africa but are now extinct in southernmost Africa and very rare north of the Sahara.
Male servals have been bred to domestic cats to produce the Savanna Cat breed. Servals have also been bred with caracals (their nearest relatives) to produce servicals and caravels.
Sub-Saharan Africa except Congo Basin and southern tip of Africa.
Open savannas to high mountain meadows.
Declining in areas of dense settlement.
Carnivorous: small antelopes, hares, lizards, rodents, birds.
Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for serval.