Servals

Lexi

Lexi is a 13-year-old serval who has been at Panther Ridge for several years. His owners are reorganizing their lives so they will be able to take him back home. We hope that will be soon, as Lexi loves it when they visit.

Lexi has a very different personality than Duma, our other serval. He is a lot more temperamental and hisses when one gets too close to him. He will also slap at you – bother behaviors that are typical of many servals. We think that he has not yet gotten over the loss of his owners, and is waiting for them to come back so he can go home. It’s difficult for an older cat like himself to adjust to sudden changes. though all of his physical needs are met here, he as not yet accepted us as his new family quite yet.

Lexi has some peculiar food preferences: he loves cucumbers and watermelon! Every day we peel a cucumber, cut it in chunks, and put it on top of his regular food.

Duma

Duma is an African serval. Many people have never heard of the serval prior to a visit to Panther Ridge. Duma was abandoned and left at the back door of a pet shop when his owner moved. Fortunately for Duma, one of Judy’s friends rescued him and brought him to Panther Ridge.

Duma is the friendship ambassador for Panther Rudge. He is very friendly and enjoys the company of people. He is known for his “Duma-Do’s” which involves licking the hair of employees, and volunteers, into a new style, using all-natural ingredients … his saliva!

Duma’s friendship status goes beyond the human element. He is best friends with Phoebe, his caracal roommate. The two can often be seen lying in each other’s arms grooming each other. Duma’s purr and audible chirping indicate he is a happy serval. When sitting upright, Duma often resembles the image of cats that frequently appear in ancient hieroglyphics. When he stands, you can see why servals have the longest legs of any cat, relative to their size.

As the ambassador of friendship, Duma always makes visitors feel welcome at Panther Ridge.