Nala Serval is ready for a long catnap!


Female serval
DOB appx 1/1/10
Rescued 1/5/13

Moved to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge on December 29, 2023

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 with her. Also, on Jan 1, one of our supporters asked us to rescue a rehab bobcat in CA. We contacted the rehabber there and offered to assist, but they had been misquoted in the press and the bobcat was doing fine.

On Jan 2 he called and said his dad had died and that he wanted us to take Nala. I told he we would need a health certificate and would have to ask the FWC for an import permit, which can take 2 weeks.

Nala Serval

On Jan 3 his vet called and asked what we needed him to do as far as a health certificate because no one could handle her. I told him that the vet only has to look at the cat and say it is breathing for the purpose of the certificate. He said his wife was a vet who had worked at Jeff Kozlowski’s big cat place in WI and that he had done some exotic cat work, but that he was very happy he didn’t have to handle her. He said that he knew her vaccines were not up to date; that he thought she was declawed and thought she might have been spayed. Jason faxed me the health certificate that night and the next morning I applied to the FWC for the import permit.

On Jan 4 the son called and asked me, again, what airline to try and I told him Delta might do it, but that it was hit or miss with them. He asked if they would come get her and I assured him they would not and that he would have to catch her, put her in a dog kennel and then at the airport he’d have to show the health certificate and even then they might not take her. I told him a couple hours in the air would be a lot less stress for her than riding all day in the back of a van, but that if the airline wouldn’t accept her, we would come get her. Much to my surprise the FWC issued the import permit the same day and faxed it to me.

I emailed the son and told him the import permit had arrived. He called me late that night and said that Nala had cost him a lot more already than he thought she would to send and that he was going to ask his brother to help pay her 360.00 airfare.

On Jan 5 the son sent an email saying Nala was “paradise bound”, was in the air and would be here by 3PM. We picked her and released her into her newly renovated Cat-a-tat and video will follow soon.

January 22, 2013

More About Nala

** January 2013 Advocat Newsletter – Nala Arrives – Nala arrived on Sunday, January 5th at Tampa International Airport.  She was met at the cargo warehouse by BCR CEO Carole Baskin, President Jamie Veronica, and volunteer veterinarian Dr. Justin Boorstein.  After a short car ride she was exploring her 2,000 square foot enclosure;  her new home at Big Cat Rescue.

** Today at Big Cat Rescue February 8, 2013 – See several photos including some of Nala.

** Walk About Video from March 9, 2014 – See a cute clip of Nala Serval chasing her tail in front of a private tour.

** Big Cat Walkabout Oct 2013 Video has several of the cats in it as well as, Nala.

** January 15, 2013 – What is a typical day at Big Cat Rescue like?

October 3, 2015

February 7, 2016

September 6, 2016

September 9, 2016

This morning, Nala Serval didn’t come out to eat. When we called her to the side of the cage she was holding up her left foreleg. It turned out to be broken. She probably did it while bounding around after a bird or squirrel. She’s an avid hunter and one of our youngest and most active cats. Nala will be in the West Boensch Cat Hospital overnight. She has the Nest cams on her. You can find the cameras at She will go into the Humane Society of Tampa Bay tomorrow for a plate in the leg. They didn’t want to do it tonight because she was sedated for the exam, and then it would have been hours under anesthesia to drive her over there and then do the surgery. Better for her to wake up and go in tomorrow.

September 10, 2016

September 16, 2016

November 11, 2016

June 19, 2018

June 19, 2019

A photo of Nala where she isn’t hissing at me!!!~Brittany Mira

July 17, 2019

Nala the serval enjoying a lazy afternoon in her hammock.~Jamie Veronica

May 30, 2020

Stunning Nala Serval ❤~Brittany Mira

January 22, 2021

This will always be my most favorite photo that I have taken of Nala bean ❤This photo was taken the first time I ever walked around as a signed off cleaner to take photos of the cats as a red shirt keeper. Nala typically just hisses and puts her ears back but that day I got her curiosity look and I just love it.~Brittany Mira

March 27, 2021

My absolute favorite hissy face lol – Nala~Brittany Mira

October 8, 2021

Nala serval in Funcation!

October 10, 2021

January 5, 2022

Happy birthday and Happy rescue-versary!

April 14, 2022

Nala moves to a new home by the lake!

January 20, 2023

Nala on Funcation!

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  1. Welcome home, sweet Nala! Sorry you were taken into the pet trade and suffered so long. Enjoy your great new home!

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