Monday, July 18, 2011
Two serval cats in one day
We saw two different serval cats in Norongoro crater. Even though they are usually seen at night, we got to see them in full daylight. Here is a photo of each. I loved the sightings - especially the first one. We found a young male serval on the road marking territory and then hunting. His jumps were very cool to watch - graceful and very high! The first serval we found in the morning and the second was across the crater in the afternoon. I don't know the gender of the second cat, which was moving rather quickly so I am glad I got a photo!!
The spots and markings on these cats are so gorgeous. They have bright white stripes across the back of the ears, long tails, and slender, spotted bodies. I may never have the chance to see a serval again, but I hope I do. It was a very cool experience and the first new species I saw of the trip.