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Servals at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary

Servals are wild cats native to Africa, where the biggest threats to their survival are habitat loss and poaching. They have become involved in the exotic pet trade through being kept as illegal pets, and due to the rise in popularity of hybrid pet cats known as “Savannah” cats.

At the Sanctuary we have two rescued servals called Tafkap and Xirus. They were originally bred for the illegal pet trade in the Czech Republic and smuggled into France where they were found living in a small apartment. After being cared for by our rescue partners at AAP (Animal Advocacy and Protection) in Holland, Tafkap and Xirus arrived in 2021 where they have been able to thrive in their forever home by the sea.

Tafkap

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Tafkap and his brother Xirus had a rough start to life, having been bred in the Czech Republic and smuggled into France before being rescued by AAP (Animal Advocacy and Protection) in Holland. The boys arrived at the Sanctuary in November 2021.

Tafkap is slightly bigger than his brother and takes full advantage of this to try and get all the best bits of food. We keep a close eye to make sure that Xirus gets his fair share! 

Xirus

serval

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Xirus arrived at the Sanctuary in November 2021 with his brother Tafkap. The boys had a rough start to life, having been smuggled into France from the Czech Republic before being rescued by AAP (Animal Advocacy and Protection) in Holland. 

Xirus walks with a slight limp due to the injuries he was found with when he was rescued. This rolling gait is likely something that Xirus will always have, but it doesn’t seem to slow him down at all. He is just as brilliant at jumping as his brother Tafkap!