Tag Archives: Serval

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 was always to release them back into the wild. Life, unfortunately, had other plans and of the three servals, one did not survive. The two brothers, however, have been doing marvellously. They have been growing big and strong! The plan to…
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An update on Bubbles the Serval by assistant curator Karien Smit

Bubbles exploring the bush Since the Centre opened its doors, we have seen many animals successfully released. Some of these releases involve a crate door being opened with the animal running off into the wild – people watching excitedly and journalists snapping photos! Other releases are quieter, requiring a little more time, and a little more patience. This is the case with Bubbles the serval. Bubbles was brought to HESC…
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Bubbles, the serval kitten, finds a home with us

Bubbles On the 20th June 2013 a Mr. Pieter Strauss phoned the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) regarding a female serval kitten. He explained that there was a veld fire, and a mom serval had tried to cross the road with her kitten. Unfortunately the mom was hit by a car, and the little one was left stranded in the middle of the road. Mr. Strauss picked up the baby…
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Meet Kuile, the Serval kitten

Kuile This bundle of spotted fluff, “hopping” with personality, is Kuile, the latest addition to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC). Kuile was found by a farmer in Lydenburg, cold and covered in mud. The farmer gave the kitten to a couple who absolutely love and adore cats, and they promptly took the little creature to the vet. The check up revealed that he was a bit thin and covered…
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