Scientific Name: Leptailurus serval
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The serval, also known as the tierboskat, is a wild cat found in Africa. The serval is a slender, medium-sized cat that stands 21–24 in at the shoulder and weighs 20–40 lb. It is characterized by a small head, large ears, a golden-yellow to buff coat spotted and striped with black, and a short, black-tipped tail. The serval has the longest legs of any cat relative to its body size.
The serval prefers areas with cover, such as reeds and tall grasses, and proximity to water bodies, such as wetlands and savannas. It typically shuns rainforests and arid areas, though it can live in semi-arid areas and cork oak forests in northern Africa, close to the Mediterranean Sea. Servals are known to live up to 12,500 ft above sea level on Mount Kilimanjaro.
The serval is confined to Africa – it is rare in northern Africa and the Sahel, but widespread in southern Africa, where their range is reportedly expanding.