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Individual study: Space use by a reintroduced serval in Mount Currie Nature Reserve

Published source details

Perrin M.R. (2002) Space use by a reintroduced serval in Mount Currie Nature Reserve. South African Journal of Wildlife Research, 32, 79-86


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Hand-rear orphaned or abandoned young in captivity Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

A study in 1998–1999 in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (Perrin 2002) found that a hand-reared, orphaned, female serval Felis serval established a home range upon release. The serval settled in intensive farmland, suggesting elevated habituation to humans. It established a 6-km2 home range. The core area of this range was 1.5 km from the release point. The serval was moved 3 km away, following poultry depredation, but returned within six days. Two wild servals (1 male, 1 female) were orphaned after birth and hand-reared for an unknown period. In October 1998, they were placed in a holding pen and were released on 14 December 1998 (with continued access to the holding pen). Radio-telemetry was used to monitor activity. The male serval disappeared after release and no movement data were collected. Precise duration of monitoring of the female was not reported, but spanned at least seven weeks.

(Summarised by Kathryn Tal)