Back to the wild – the serval release
During March 2017, three serval cats that were confiscated by Nature Conservation were brought to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) to be raised. The plan with the cats were always to release them back into the wild.
Life, unfortunately, has other plans and off the three servals, one did not survive. The two brothers, however, have been doing marvelously. They have been growing big and strong!
The plan to release them onto Kapama near Camp Jabulani was decided upon towards the end of last year.
Camp Jabulani, has to its disposal, the Kapama Private Game Reserve available for releases. The servals were moved, by Linri (Head Curator at HESC) into a holding enclosure on 29 January, in order for them to grow accustomed to their surroundings. Once settled, Camp Jabulani’s manager Chantal was responsible for looking after them.
Fast forward to 19 February 2018:
It was time to open the doors of the enclosure and let them out onto Kapama Private Game Reserve. Everyone was astounded and happy when seeing the two head into the bush.
Watchful eyes were out on them for about half an hour to see how they would react to the natural surroundings and it is safe to say that they were perfectly at home.
HESC will continue to monitor them and ensure they are doing well in the wild.
Keep your eyes on our blog to follow their story!