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Servical and Caraval

Servical and Caraval

by Michael

The servical and caraval are made up names for made up animals. I know I am being tough but I don’t like it. I don’t like the desire of some private zoo owners to create hybrid animals for their amusement out of an essentially unnatural process that you would never see in the wild. It is a pointless exercise. The only justification is commercial – not a good reason from the cat’s standpoint.


The servical is a wild cat hybrid. In this instance it is the result of one wild cat species mating with another wild cat species of similar size. You also have wild cat hybrids from domestic/wild cat matings.

The cervical is the offspring of a successful mating between a male serval and a female caracal.

Apparently a servical was born at Los Angeles Zoo when a caracal and serval were put in the same cage together.

You won’t see any pictures of a servical. Or they are few and far between. It is a terrible name as Google thinks you mean cervical (female human anatomy)! The words are pronounced identically.



The caravel is the offspring of a successful mating between a female serval and a male caracal.

An alternative name is “cara-serval” (a mouthful of a name). The difference in names and types of cat from essentially the same mating indicates that you get a different cat if the parent is a female serval or a male serval. I’d like to know exactly why.

Caraval is also a poor name as one thinks of “caravelle” meaning a sailing ship but the word is also often used in commerce.

As I said, I don’t like the intentional or inadvertent mating of different species of animal. It smacks of exploitation for the “exotic” animal market. That is a personal viewpoint and I respect the views of others.

Note: use of picture of caravel. I claim fair use as its publication here does not harm but improves the prospects of the website source (link provided) and there are no commercial issues involved in the republication of the image here.

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Mar 21, 2012 Agree
by: Michael

Hi Jo..completely agree with you. The human is not only content with destroying wildcat habitat and shooting the wild cat and eating it (tiger parts) but he likes also to mess with the wild cat and play god or Dr Frankenstein. Horrible.

Mar 21, 2012 What is the purpose of these Breedings?
by: Jo Singer

Thanks for posting this, Michael.

As far as I am concerned I see no reason for these breedings, and these species should be carefully separated.

Wild cats are WILD and belong in the wild. There are reputable groups that breed to ensure the species continuation in our highly endangered big cats.

But why ANYONE would want to breed these hybrids is beyond my understanding, except to become famous and make a LOT of money.

My .02 for what it is worth. It is a shame.. these cats on their own are magnificent. They don’t need to be messed with.

Michael Broad

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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