SCIENTIFIC NAME: Leptailurus serval

Nickname: Giraffe Cat

Lifespan: Average of 10 years in the wild, 22 years in captivity.

Physical Attributes: Servals are light brown, slender cats with black spots and stripes and markings that move from between the ears and continue in four long lines. They are small, growing to a maximum of about 40 lbs. They range from 21 to 26 inches in length. The serval has the longest legs relative to its body out of all cat species.

Native Location and Habitat: Native to Ethiopia, the serval is now found in over 35 African countries. Its habitat is the grasslands or savanna.

Conservation Status: Least concern.

Similar Species: The serval is similar to the caracal and they are thought to be closely related.