Serval - Leptailurus serval

Weight: 30-40 lbs
Head/Body: 32 in
Tail: 16 in
Subspecies: 14

The serval is a lightly built cat, with long legs, large ears, and short tail. Its coat is light brown with dark spots, black-tipped tail, and black ears with distinctive white spots. The serval may be found near water and in the reed beds and marshes of Algeria and Africa south of the Sahara, where it hunts by night, from the ground, and seeks rodents, reptiles, birds, and small deer.

The serval's hunting technique is notable: it will jump into the air to catch birds in flight and batter them down to the ground. Its large ears allow it to hear rodents which it can pounce upon.