A serval is a medium-sized cat with long legs. It has a narrow head with broad, rounded ears whose inner edges almost touch, giving it a highly attentive look. The coat is leopard-like with spots that span a wide color variation. They are from western and central Africa in savanna/shrubby regions. They prefer grassy, reedy areas near a water source. The slender forelegs are used to test rodent dens and rocky crevices for food. The serval can climb skillfully and is not afraid of water.
Zeke was another exotic cat confiscated from Armona in Kings County. He was purchased and transported from Texas along with two other exotic cats. Although illegal in the state of California, Zeke was housed in a fenced in backyard in clear view of neighbors. He became quite adept at escaping; in fact, it was the frequent job of animal control to try to find him and return him to his owner. Although he was neutered and declawed, he was perfectly capable of biting. This is what finally called attention to the problem. He is the most habituated to people and craves the attention of our volunteers who are more than willing to meet his needs.