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African serval

  • Species: Leptailurus serval
  • Born: 4/12/1998 to 2016
  • Sex: Male
  • Weight: 40 lbs.
  • Favorite Food: Chicken & Rabbit
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Lions Tigers and Bears in Alpine, California

Recently we had to say good-bye to Tuffy the Serval. Tuffy passed away peacefully in his sleep.  In September of 2004, at the approximate age of five, Tuffy arrived to LTB. He quickly became buddies with Gizmo, our eldest bobcat. Tuffy was the lone Serval of our sanctuary, and was loved by all. He enjoyed playing with his bobcat buddies, and his favorite time of day was meal time. We will miss our sweet boy dearly.

Tuffy had several owners before he was rescued and came to Lions Tigers & Bears. His first owner, who ultimately passed away, physically abused Tuffy. After this owner’s passing, Tuffy ended up at a facility in Texas, where he was well cared for. Due to the abundant number of cats already at this particular facility, LTB felt we could provide him with a much better home. A new enclosure was constructed here, complete with large trees, lots of grass, boulders, a simulated creek bed, a small pool, dens and lounging hammocks.

Tuffy and Gizmo the Bobcat were both introduced into their new enclosure at the same time, and soon became friends. They loved playing together, although Gizmo was usually the instigator! Tuffy was very vocal when it came to food and, like Gizmo, rabbit was his favorite food.