Serval

Scientific name

Leptailurus serval

Weight

9 to 18 kilograms (19 to 40 pounds)

Size

60 centimeters in length (23 inches)

Life span

Up to 23 years

Habitat

Savannas

Diet

Carnivorous

Gestation

65 to 75 days

Predators

Hyenas, leopards, hunting dogs

There are
19
recognized subspecies
Can jump up to
1.5
meters in the air
Native to more than
35
African countries
Serval

Challenges

Servals are hunted by humans.

These cat's spotted coats are sometimes marketed as young leopards or cheetahs and can attract a hearty price on the black market. This, as well as their tendency to attack poultry, makes them a target for hunters. Consequently, servals are no longer found in heavily populated areas.

Solutions

Our solutions to protecting the serval:

Scouts
Engage wildlife scouts.

African Wildlife Foundation works with communities who live in close quarters with wildlife and equips scouts with essential tools, such as Global Positioning System (GPS)-monitoring devices and vehicles. As a result, AWF is able to ensure enhanced protection of wildlife in these regions as well as provide additional employment opportunities to local communities.

Education
Foster symbiosis between wildlife and people.

AWF works with communities living in close proximity to wildlife to incentivize conservation. In exchange for refraining from retaliatory killing or killing for products, like fur, communities receive training in sustainable, and more productive, agriculture techniques that lead to enhanced food and economic security.

Serval
Serval

Habitats

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