The Savannah Cat is an hybrid between a Domestic Cat (Felis catus) and a Serval (Leptailurus serval) that originated in the United States. It is recognised by the International Cat Association as a registered breed. The Savannah inherits many features from the Serval parent, including the large ears, long legs and beautiful markings. Savannah’s tend to be excellent jumpers (up to 2.5m high), and can be trained to fetch and be walked.
As with Servals, the Savannah Cat is very active, intelligent and extremely curious. Many owners liken their affection rate to that of a domestic dog. The first Savannah cat was born in 1986, the offspring of a Serval and a Siamese Domestic Cat. Most individuals love water and enjoy batting at the water in their drinking bowls. A Dangerous Wild Animal License is needed to own a first generation (F1) Savannah Cat.
The Savannah cat pictured above was one of a pair (Willow and Tember) that were confiscated from Holland due to the owner not having the correct CITES* paperwork. They now reside at Porfell Wildlife Park in Cornwall.
*Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora.