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So that tells us about the serval's phylogenetic position in the feline family tree, but what else do we know about this interesting creature? And how is it so acrobatic? Well, the serval, much like the caracal, is a jumper, perhaps not quite as high of a leaper, but nevertheless an amazingly nimble cat. It's incredible jumps are assisted by its long legs: in fact, the serval has, in relation to its body size, the longest legs of any feline. To see the incredible leaps of the serval, click on the link below!
A Pretty Awesome Serval Jump!
The serval is labeled "Least Concern" by the IUCN, and has a very wide distribution across the continent of Africa, excluding deserts (like the Sahara) and the equatorial jungles of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the neighboring countries. The serval once inhabited the countries of Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco, as well, but seems to have been extirpated (caused to go extinct in one country as opposed to extinct overall; a local extinction). It is also now found in Tunisia again, but was reintroduced there by humans.