August 2010: The serval lives in Africa. The range is marked in red on the map below. As the map shows, it is widely distributed south of the Sahara desert. North of the Sahara, recent records indicate that they may inhabit Morocco2. The Moroccan range is marked on the map. It is believed extinct in Algeria. The last specimen was recorded in 18801. There have been no recorded sightings in Tunisia for 30 years1 (since 2002). A few cats may survive north of the Sahara1continued below the map.
Within its relatively wide range, it’s presence is limited to certain areas as this wildcat has specific habitat requirements. It is found in all types of grassland and their habitat is associated with water and vegetation resulting from the presence of water courses (marshes and read beds).Servals are not found in desert or semi-desert but can be found where water penetrates into the desert.At 2002 is was suggested that it was extinct in the Cape Province of South Africa but as at 2010 the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species® says that it is extinct in that region. That is the nature of the situation. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species® says that servals have been introduced into Tunisia.The serval is native (originating, indigenous) to these countries:
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, (Lesotho – uncertain)2.

Sources:

1. Wild Cats Of The World by Mel and Fiona Sunquist 2002 -page 143 – published by The University of Chicago Press ISBN: 0-226-77999-8

2. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species®

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Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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