As rangers we see a lot of amazing things every day, big and small. Most of the guests don’t pay too much attention to the small things until you point it out to them and educate them about how special it is. In the last few weeks we have had great sightings of some of these smaller things from a cape dwarf chameleon and porcupine to an Addo flightless dung beetle and a serval!

Servals are mostly nocturnal animals venturing out at night in search of rodents and birds. With winter fast approaching and the sun rising later, we have had an increase in serval sightings at Shamwari. This always gets our hearts racing. On this particular morning, we saw something special.

Ranger Jessica took her guests out on drive, geared with rain ponchos and blankets to help with the cold, wet weather. Driving along the road Jessica and her guests spotted the normally shy, serval. The lithe cat was hunting but then made her way into the succulent shrubs behind the vehicle and disappeared into a hole in the ground. As the saying goes, “good things come to those who wait” and this was Ranger Jessica’s strategy that morning. After sitting quietly for a few minutes their patience paid off. Jessica and her guests were treated with a very rare sighting of three serval kittens! It was as if the mother had gone to the den to fetch them and show them off. What an incredibly special morning, one the guests will remember for a long time.

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If you would like to see serval in the wild visit Shamwari Game Reserve this winter.

By Ranger Jone’ Fick
Images by Jessica Tyrer