FUN FACTS

• The serval’s hearing is so good that it can detect animals underground

• Their long legs are an adaptation for hunting in tall grass, not running quickly. Servals’ long necks help them to see over the tall grass. These two long features give them the nickname “giraffe cat.”

THREATS & CONSERVATION

Habitat fragmentation, often caused by agricultural expansion and urban development, degrades their habitat and affects their prey animals. Servals are also poached for their fur and collected from the wild for the pet trade.