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Zoo Boise Announces the Birth of Two Serval Kittens

9/28/2012

Zoo Boise proudly announces the newest members of the family – two serval kittens. The two kittens, one male and one female, were born Thursday, September 20. Servals are small cats from Africa.

Shortly after giving birth, the serval mother demonstrated that she was not sufficiently caring for the kittens, so zoo staff pulled them off exhibit and has been hand-raising them since. A third kitten was born, but did not survive, which is not abnormal for wild cat species.

Zoo staff will continue to hand-raise the servals until they have been weaned in six to eight weeks. Beginning on Saturday, September 29, visitors will be able to view the kittens in their incubator at the zoo. The servals will be on display in the Simplot Education Center. Visitors will be able to watch feedings daily at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Once the servals have been weaned, Zoo Boise will determine if the will remain in Boise or move to another zoo.

Servals are native to the savannahs of Africa south of the Sahara. They have tan fur with black spots and their large ears and long legs are their most distinguishing characteristics. Both their long legs and acute hearing help them in catching rodents, small reptiles and birds.

The new kittens -- along with all the other animals at Zoo Boise -- help Zoo Boise achieve its conservation mission. A portion of each admission and proceeds from activities at the zoo, such as Giraffe Encounter or the Conservation Cruise, go to support the protection of animals, like servals, in the wild.

Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, a national organization that supports excellence in animal care, conservation, education and science. Located in Julia Davis Park, Zoo Boise is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily year round.


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