Tiger Forest Cat

Jill Fisher

Joined July 2009

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We were lucky to come across this rare sighting of a Serval (Leptailurus serval or Caracal serval) at Maasai Mara Kenya Africa.
Canon 40D, Canon 100-400 IS L lens.

The serval (Leptailurus serval or Caracal serval) is native to Africa, where it is widely distributed south of the Sahara. It was once also found in Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria, but may have been extirpated from Algeria and only remains in Tunisia because of a reintroduction programme.

Servals are characterized by tawny, black-spotted coats and a long neck and legs to see over savanna grasses. They have large ears and an acute sense of hearing.

Servals are common on the savannas where there is plenty of water. They seem to prefer areas of bush, tall grass and dry reed beds near streams, but are found in high-altitude moorlands and bamboo thickets. Black servals occur in Kenya’s high country.

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