Adoption profile: Servals

Adopting an animal is a fantastic way to support the work at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL OF THE SERVALS EXCEPT MALILA ARE DUE TO BE RELEASED BACK INTO THE WILD IN Q1 OF 2021 (EXACT DATE TBC). PEOPLE WHO ADOPT THE SERVALS CAN SWITCH TO ANOTHER ANIMAL FOR THE REMAINDER OF THEIR SUBSCRIPTION PERIOD FOLLOWING THEIR RELEASE. 

Malila, Ginger, Pucho, Ufulu and Mtendere are our resident serval cats. Malila is the only adult – she was surrendered to us when her owner left the country. Kittens Ginger and Pucho were found alone in the bush (separately), possibly abandoned by their mothers or former owners, while Ufulu and Mtendere were brought in as a pair after being confiscated from people who were trying to sell them as pets.

Ginger now
Ufulu
Malila

Sadly, Malila has a deformity in her hips which she has had from birth, which means she won’t be able to be released back into the wild. She is, however, enjoying her new life in a large forested enclosure of her own, coming out of hiding for her tasty meals of chicken at feeding time! 

Ginger, Pucho, Ufulu and Mtendere will eventually be released back into the wild when they are older and able to survive on their own. Servals are solitary animals, so Ginger and Pucho are being cared for separately, although Ufulu and Mtendere are undergoing rehabilitation together since they were brought in as a pair. The process involves as little human interaction as possible and the cats are closely monitored so that we can assess their development and their abilities to fend for themselves. 

Ginger tree climing_serval_wildlife_LWC
Pucho 5 months old_serval_wildlife_LWC
Mtendere_wildlife_serval_LWC

The release will be planned and executed carefully, with a location selected for its water sources, coverage for hiding, availability of prey and distance from human settlements. The servals will have a ‘soft release’, which means they will gradually be returned to the wild, spending time first in a release enclosure in the chosen area where they can familiarise themselves with the sights, sounds and smells of their new environment. Once the enclosure is opened the animals will be able to return to find food and shelter until they are able to take care of themselves independently.

To give our servals a £40 sponsorship for one year, please click donate below.

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Thank you for helping us give these cats a chance at a better life!