Our serval population currently in South Africa is classified as stable. Unfortunately, these cats are often confused with caracals and shot by farmers trying to protect their livestock. However, Servals do not hunt large species of Lamb, and buck as their jaws are not strong enough.
Servals prefer to hunt smaller pray such as mice, birds, rabbits and snakes. They can jump from a standing position of 2-3 metres high which gives them an advantage of catching birds!
Diesel the Serval
The gorgeous young male Serval is called Diesel. He was born on March 11th, 2012 at the Daniell Cheetah Project. He is also the son of Gypsy and Walker.
During the day he is one of the most friendly servals we have at this facility, however, one could say that he is slightly overprotective over his food!
The Serval population is currently classified as least concern and therefore stable. Nevertheless we will dedicate ourselves to Serval conservation, in addition to Cheetah, Caracal, Hyena and Lions.
Petrol the Serval
Petrol arrived at DCP at only 2 weeks old. He was born in another awareness project but unfortunately rejected by mom. He now is a very handsome adult male serval at 5 years old.
He has lots of character and makes his opinion known. All men should steer clear of Petrol as he will mark all of his territory and should the men be standing to close they might also get scent marked.
Ubunto and Upendo the Servals
Sisters Ubuntu & Upendo were born on the 17th of December 2012 at the DCP from mom Gypsy and dad Walker.
The girls will stay in the project but go into an alliance between DCP and Symba Wildlife Conservation.
The girls are the first ambassadors to the SCEAP. They will be given over 850m² to themselves, without having to share with a “boyfriend” because that is NOT how it is done in nature. They will have a designated mate who will live next door and be admitted access ONLY when our girls are ready and willing. Their mate will be sponsored by the Daniell Cheetah Project. These two females will be part of SWC’s small cat breeding program which will lead to a trading program and potentially a reintroduction program for this amazing species.