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Serval Facts

Serval   Common Name: Serval Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Leptailurus) Species: Serval (L.s. constantina) Barbary Serval thought to now be Extinct Misc: The name Serval is derived from a Portuguese word meaning "wolf-deer." Size and Appearance: Often referred to as the cat of spare parts, this unusual, but beautiful cat is among the feline family’s most successful. It has a small, delicate head and extremely large ears set on an elongated Read More

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Now at Big Cat Rescue March 14 2015

Big Cat Walkabout March 14 2015

The first few minutes are sounds you might not have ever heard a tiger make, as Amanda Tiger does Operant Conditioning w/ Olga, our guest from Spain. After being away for a few days, Carole goes around checking on cats and takes note of what the volunteers and interns have been doing. Rare footage of Vern at Family Dinner too.

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Frosty

Frosty Male White Footed Serval DOB 1/1/95 Frosty  is the father of the only two white servals in the world, which were born here at the sanctuary. Big Cat Rescue stopped breeding in the mid 1990’s because there is no reason to breed an exotic cat for a life in a cage. Frosty loves when you toss him a snack and will jump as high in the air as he can to catch it before it falls. Frosty is quite acrobatic and if a keeper tosses him a treat, he will jump high into the air to try to catch it before it hits the ground. Frosty is much more stocky Read More

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Now at Big Cat Rescue Mar 11 2015

Now at Big Cat Rescue Mar 11 2015   Cybil Serval Update 2015   Cybil has some moderate liver enzyme elevations for which she will start a new supplement as well as worsening kidney disease which is pretty significant. She will be monitored closely now that she is back in her enclosure.     Read More

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Cybil

Cybil Female Serval DOB 5/22/96 - 3/20/2015   Cybil had a back leg that was fractured beyond repair and it healed very crooked. It was thought that someday we would have the leg removed, but she hops around just fine and the leg has not atrophied as expected. She is probably one of the meanest Servals that lives at Big Cat Rescue. She always greets with a hiss (as shown in this photo). Because Cybil does not like people very much she is not on the regular tour path. That way she will not be upset by visitors. Cybil is the perfect example Read More

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Pharaoh

Pharaoh Male White Serval DOB 4/22/99   Pharaoh’s coat is snow white and his spots are a silvery gray, just like his brother Tonga, although he has two unusual dark yellow spots and one black spot on his shoulder and his hind leg. There was a time when we believed that breeding exotic cats would save them from extinction and while that may be true we later concluded that it was not our right to impose captivity upon another creature to ensure that it would be here for the benefit of man. We ceased intentional breeding of all of Read More

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Now at Big Cat Rescue Feb 13 2015

Fun Photos on Friday the 13th Andi Bobcat up in her tree at Big Cat Rescue Vernon Stairs posts new tour sign at Big Cat Rescue Little Dove Bobcat peeks out of her den at Big Cat Rescue Natasha Lynx enjoys a spice bag a few weeks ago at Big Cat w Aspen Echo Cougar strikes a pose at Big Cat Rescue Aspen Echo looks so regal in front of her cave den at Big Cat Rescue Do you look at your cat, with half closed eye, to show your love? Tonga the White Serval still doing well, years after cancer was Read More

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JoJo

Male DOB 1/1/03 Rescued 9/1/13 Caravel (Caracal / Lynx Hybrid)   http://youtu.be/92ao7chHllY   Meet Jo Jo the Caracal Serval Hybrid   I first met JoJo the Caracal / Serval hybrid at the South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in 2005 after a hurricane had taken down the perimeter fencing and dumped piles of deadfall on the cages. The owner, Dirk Neugebohm, had ended up in the hospital with a heart attack from trying to clean the mess up by himself. He wrote from what he thought was his Read More

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Purr-sonality

Female Serval DOB 1/1/95 As with many of the servals we have at Big Cat Rescue, PURRsonality seems to enjoy the daily attention she gets from her volunteer keepers. She eagerly plays with any enrichment items that are given to her to break up the monotony of life in captivity. She can be seen batting spice bags around and rubbing and rubbing them until the scent has completely disappeared. As with most of our servals, this is the type of playful, non-threatening behavior you’ll see from them during the daytime. But, feeding time is a Read More

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Nala Serval

Female Serval DOB appx 1/1/10 Rescued 1/5/13   A man called on Dec. 13 and I called him back the same day and told him we would take his father’s serval if he would contract to never own another exotic cat. On the first call he said that his dad was in the hospital and not expected to survive. I told him all of the rules for us taking the cat and he agreed, but then I didn’t hear from him for 20 days. Meanwhile, on Dec 18 we were asked by USDA to take 2 bobcats from a Donna White, but I never have been able to connect Read More