Leptailurus – Serval

Owners of the longest legs-for-body-size of all cats are widespread in sub-Saharan savannahs

The serval is a medium-sized and slender cat with a buff to golden-yellow pelage with black stripes and spots. The marking pattern of each individual is unique. They also have a small head, large ears, and a short, black-tipped tail. Their long neck and legs helped them to see over savanna grasses. The oversized ears also allowed them to track their prey by sound.

They are active day and night and prey on vlei rats, frogs, small birds, reptiles, and insects. They hunt their prey down by leaping onto the prey on their forefeet and performing a killing blow by biting on the neck or the head.