VEGAN DAILY FRIEND: Serval
Servals are medium-sized wild cats from Africa, averaging about 30 pounds. The servals’ very long legs and neck allow sight over tall grasses, while its ears are used to detect prey, even those burrowing underground. Servals have been known to dig into burrows in search of underground prey, and to leap into the air to grab birds in flight. The serval is an efficient killer, catching prey on an average of 50% of attempts, compared to an average of 38% for leopards and 30% for lions. Servals are extremely intelligent, demonstrate remarkable problem-solving ability, and can easily outwit their prey.
Principal Threat: Because of their beautiful coat, servals are a prime target for poachers. Their skins are sold as young leopards or cheetahs, which are much scarcer. Pelts are sold mostly for domestic ceremonial, medicinal purposes or the tourist trade rather than for commercial export.