Adelaide Zoo is excited to announce the arrival of two purrrfect Serval kittens.
Born to mum, Kali and dad, Maji on 19 December 2015, the delightful duo is the parents’ fourth litter to be born at Adelaide Zoo.
On Thursday 18 February the young kittens received their first health check that included their first round vaccinations, a full body examination and microchipping.
The check-up also provided an opportune time to confirm the sex of the kittens – two little boys. The two and a half month old kittens were given a clean bill of health and are growing well, weighing 1.56kg and 1.95kg each at their health check.
The pair spent their first few weeks of life in a private den with mum, Kali, who has tended to their every need since birth. They are now out on exhibit with mum and were very shy at first and stuck close to mum.
They’re becoming more adventurous every day now and are enjoying having a new space to explore and chase each other around!
Kali is a doting mum and spends most of her time fussing over the kittens, feeding and cleaning them.
In the wild, Serval males do not play a role in caring for their kittens, so for now dad, Maji, is looking on from a distance and is housed separately from Kali and the twins.
Servals possess remarkable problem-solving abilities, and are highly intelligent and mischievous creatures.
Adult Servals have the longest legs relative to body size of any cat species. These long legs make them incredible jumpers, leaping to more than six metres from a stationary position. Native to the savannahs of Africa, Servals are protected in many countries as their numbers have dwindled due to habitat destruction and poaching.
Alyssa-Jane Tucker, Communications Coordinator, Zoos SA