Serval Research Project

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We are conducting a rehabilitation and reintroduction project of Serval cats (Leptailurus serval) in Kasungu National Park in partnership with Lilongwe Wildlife Centre (LWC).

Two servals kittens were rescued from poachers and rehabilitated at LWC in 2013. Now one year old they have been prepared for reintroduction into the wild.







Serval Reintroduction Research

WDCM are conducting field research project using GPS collars to assess survival rates and spatial behavior of the servals post release. The servals are due for release in June 2014 and we have a special team of researchers coming to assist us during this time.



Servals collared and ready to go

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On friday 6th June the LWT and WDCM team successfully put the GPS collars on both servals ready for release. Both animals were caught early morning and placed in holding crates.

They were then transported to the vet clinic at lilongwe wildlife centre where they were sedated by the LWT vets. Once sedated the vets gave them a full health check and we then tested and fitted the collars.







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After passing the health check and having their collars fitted, WDCM research assistant Rob and vounteer Kathryn moved the servals back to the holding enclosure where they were monitored while they recovered from sedation. All round a successfull day. serval

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