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South Africa’s Live Serval Trade

Serval is a medium-sized, strong yet slender cat that is known for its jumping ability. During the latter half of the 20th century, serval were considered near extinct in South Africa, primarily due to persecution as a damage-causing animal.
Through successful reintroduction of serval into many areas within its natural range, it is now considered to be Near Threatened and is a CITES Appendix II species.
Between 2010-2020, South Africa exported 1,016 live serval with the most majority (98.2%) being captive-bred. However, the export of 18 wild-caught serval for non-conservation purposes is a concerning trend.