Name: The word “serval” comes from the 18th-century Portuguese term for ‘lynx’: lobo-cerval. (Smithers; Thiel, 2011) Back in the day, any spotted wild cat might
We’ve met the Asiatic golden cat here, but I’m saving the African golden cat (not a close relative) for the book. Here is a 2018
There’s this nesting ostrich in a zoo. A tiny spotted cat — no bigger than the bird’s foot — is sneaking up on it. Closer
Just going on appearance, caracals should be the mobile hot spots of the cat family Felidae, but they’re really the opposite of communicative. Caracals are
The world’s most famous spotted cat is a little better off than other big cats. Although its range has shrunk, the leopard still calls two continents home. Since leopards can adapt to almost any environment from sea level up to around 17,000 feet in the Himalayas, you will find them in most of sub-Saharan Africa and across much of southern/northeast Asia. While the overall species isn’t endangered, some leopard subspecies are. But in India the high numbers of both leopards and people are causing serious problems.
Oh, this cat doesn’t need an introduction! Let’s just set out a few basic facts, focusing on some things about Leo that you might not have heard yet. For instance, did you know that the King of the Beasts is not actually the biggest cat out there?