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Meet our stunning Servals!

Adelaide Zoo is home to two regal Servals, Maji and Kali .

Mischievous male Maji was born at Melbourne Zoo on 4 October 2011 and arrived at Adelaide Zoo in May 2014. He’s a cool cat with a very relaxed personality but also loves to explore. Maji has a very distinctive wide jaw and is slightly larger than his mate, Kali. Maji loves anything stinky! He will often leave his food to go roll around whatever enrichment has been left for him.

Kali our female was born at Wellington Zoo on 14 December 2006 and joined us at Adelaide Zoo in February 2009. She’s a feisty feline, but she’s also an incredibly attentive mother.

Together, the pair have welcomed four litters of kittens who have since moved onto other institutions and are having kittens of their own.

Native to the savannahs of Africa, the Serval prefers wetlands and well-watered long-grass habitats.

The Serval is a tall, slender cat with the longest legs relative to body size of any cat species. These long legs make Servals incredible jumpers, able to leap more than six metres from a stationary position. Servals have huge ears set close together which they use to listen for prey. Their hearing is so acute they can even here a mouse burrowing underground.

They are adventurous animals and unlike a lot of cat species, they love to climb and play in water! Servals are also very intelligent and possess remarkable problem-solving abilities. They usually eat small rodents and birds, but aren’t afraid to hunt snakes for food.

Servals are protected in many countries as their numbers have dwindled due to habitat destruction and fur hunting.

Love Servals? Join our wild family to help Servals stay a pounce ahead of extinction! There are many ways you can help support these cool cats.

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About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction.

Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging.

We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.


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