oa African Zoology - Diet of serval Felis serval in a highland region of Natal

Volume 28, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Serval Felis serval diet was determined using faecal analysis. A combination of quantification techniques best illustrated the relative importance of various prey species. Small mammals (Rodentia and Insectivora) accounted for 94% of prey item occurrences. Otomys irroratus was the most important prey species in terms of biomass and number. There was no evidence for servals eating lambs or other medium-sized mammals in the study area.

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