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Serval (Leptailurus serval) Fact Sheet: Managed Care

Life in Managed Care

Breeding in managed care

  • Breed well in managed care
    • The Feline Conservation Federation (FCF), an organization of private cat holders, records approximately 200 servals held by their members. (Breitbeil 2002)


  • Servals can hybridize with African wild cats (Felis lybica)
    • These species share a preference for riverine habitats (Smithers 1978)
  • "Savannah cats" result from crosses of domestic cats with servals
    • Hybrids often sterile
    • Pregnant females have difficulties due to species differences in gestation time: (Breitbeil 2002) 
      • Domestic cat - 65 days
      • Serval - 65-75 days

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Current population (from ZIMS 2015)

  • San Diego Zoo
    • 6 individuals, as of April 1, 2015
      • 4 males, 2 females
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park
    • 6 individuals, as of April 1, 2015
      • 3 males, 3 females

Serval (Leptailurus serval)

A Serval in the grass

Serval at the Thoiry Zoo in France.

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons under Public Domain by Vassil.


Page Citations

Breitbeil (2002)

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