Leptailurus serval

Serval Cat, Leptailurus serval, photo © by Michael Plagens

Nairobi National Park, Kenya. Dec. 2014.

From Wikipedia: This is a strong yet slender animal, with long legs and a fairly short tail. Due to its leg length, it is relatively one of the tallest cats. The head is small in relation to the body, and the tall, oval ears are set close together. The pattern of the fur is variable. Usually, the serval is boldly spotted black on tawny, with two or four stripes from the top of the head down the neck and back, transitioning into spots. The backs of the ears are black with a distinctive white bar. In addition, melanistic servals are quite common in some parts of the range, giving a similar appearance to the "black panther" (melanistic leopard).

Felidae -- Cat Family

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Kenya Natural History

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