We are ecstatic to announce that our three Servals, Simba, Satchel, and Nsomi have moved into their new habitat! Tabitha, one of our five North American Bobcats, has also joined them in their new home. Simba was acquired from the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, where he was hand reared by keepers at the Zoo. Satchel was acquired from the Jackson Zoological park in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was born. Nsomi was born at Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary. Tabitha was privately owned and seized by the City of Dallas. The African Serval is a small, slender cat with long legs, a lean body and a small head. The cat’s coat is brown with black lines and spots while its belly is a soft white. Native to the grasslands of Africa, the Serval’s colors allow it to seemingly disappear in thick grass. Also called the African Jumping Cat, they can jump 9-10 ft. in the air to catch a bird. The most common wildcat in North America, the bobcat is named for its short, bobbed tail. Be sure to stop by and see them during your next visit to our Zoo. Watch for details about our dedication celebration early in November.
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We are home to three Servals: Nsomi, Satchel, and Simba. Servals are cats who dwell in the savannas of Africa. The Serval is one of the most distinctive felines on the African continent with its spotted and striped fur and long limbs giving it the appearance of a small Cheetah.
Our Servals are presently off display to the public. In order to introduce our Servals to our guests, we will need to construct a new habitat for them. The site is already chosen, now all we need is help from our friends. Your donation will bring us closer to making our dream a reality. You may make a donation with Visa or Mastercard over the phone (512 288 1490), by sending a check in the mail, on our website using our PayPal link, or in person at the Zoo. We have several donation tiers available.
Platinum $1,000.00 – Your name prominently displayed on a plaque on our Serval habitat, an invitation to a reception and a sneak preview of our Serval habitat prior to our grand opening, a one hour private tour for four (subject to schedule availability) and an Austin Zoo t-shirt.
Gold $500.00 – A one-year membership for four, a one hour private tour for four (subject to schedule availability) and an Austin Zoo t-shirt.
Silver $250.00 – Four free Zoo passes, a one hour private tour for four (subject to schedule availability) and an Austin Zoo t-shirt.
Bronze $100.00 - A one hour private tour for four (subject to schedule availability) and an Austin Zoo t-shirt.
Copper $25.00 – Austin Zoo t-shirt.
Come visit Caeser and Kila, our two new tigers, housed next to the leopard enclosure. When they first arrived, they were uneasy and not ready to be around lots of people, but now they are socialized and ready to say hello to you and your family! Come say hi!