Servals are medium-sized wild cats with tawny, black-spotted coats and long necks and long legs that allow them to see over savanna grasses. They also have large ears and an acute sense of hearing.
They top out at 40 pounds (18 kilograms) yet have the largest ears of any cat. Just how big are those ears? If we had ears in the same proportion to our head as servals do, they would be the size of dinner plates!
Servals eat a variety of prey mainly rodents and birds, which it pounces upon with spectacular high spring, dispatching its victim with a fatal blow from one of its fore paws.
Servals have long, powerful legs that are important for jumping. They have been known to jump as high as 3.6 m (12 ft) to catch birds in mid air.
Servals, unlike other small cats, are much more diurnal, or crepuscular, meaning they are active in early mornings and late evenings.
Servals, like most cats, live a solitary existence. The only associations formed are during mating and between a mother and her kittens.
Hyenas, leopards and hunting dogs prey on serval cats.