Published 9th September 2021
Baby servals born at Howletts Wild Animal Park
Howletts Wild Animal Park is delighted to announce the arrival of four beautiful serval kittens.
Born on the 10th June to mum Nafrini and dad Tenikwa, the enchanting new-borns – a male and three females - have recently ventured out of their den to explore their new surroundings, playing, climbing and taking up residence amongst the bamboo thickets in their main enclosure. First-time mum Nafrini is taking to motherhood extremely well.
Native to the savannas of central and southern Africa, these slender, spotted cats live in wetlands and grasslands and, unlike other cats, are happy spending time in water. With their long necks and long legs, they are perfectly adapted to see over tall savanna grasses and can jump up to three metres in the air to catch their prey.
Clare Westwood, Section Head of Carnivores at Howletts, said: “The team are thrilled with these new arrivals and it’s lovely to see the individual characters of the kittens coming through now. We have two very confident ones, wrestling non-stop, climbing anything and everything, one who sticks close to Mum and one who prefers to watch from a distance or hide in the shed!”
“The servals are a firm favourite here at Howletts and these lively new additions are a great draw for our visitors.”
The newly-expanded family can be found in their enclosure opposite the park’s Treetop Challenge. Visitors can celebrate the arrival of this captivating quartet by coming to see them up close.
Images of the kittens are available here