This is Milawi. He is native to Africa. Modern DNA analysis indicates that servals maintain their own unique lineage descending from the same Felid ancestor as the lion, and though the serval shares common traits with the cheetah, it the cheetah which is thought to have descended from ancient servals.
We were given direct access and went inside his enclosure to photograph him. I have to say for a smallish cat he was mighty scary and hissed like mad. He seemed more interested in his food than us, though for a moment got extremely up close and personal with Sandra. I was about to leg it but she was happy to sit there with her small scratch!!
Posted by Sally Bowe