There’s a lively new addition to the Capron Park Zoo: Zuberi, a Serval kitten, was born on December 9th.
Servals are native to East Africa. Summer, Zuberi’s mother, was bred in order to keep the captive Serval bloodlines pure. Because Summer was born from an African Serval, her bloodlines are close to the natural Serval bloodlines, which zoos try to emulate as closely as possible.
Zuberi was kept in a private enclosure with his mother until he reached two months of age. Now that the Serval is a little older, the park has allowed him to be on display in front of visitors. Zuberi does his best to keep observers interested, too – playing with his mom, then scampering off and exploring his surroundings.
Summer has proven herself to be a good mother to Zuberi – she’s attentive and frequently grooms the young cat. Zuberi’s father was separated from the two – in the wild, male Servals do not socialize with their offspring, so the arrangement is as close to a natural breeding as possible.
One thing’s for sure – plenty of people are going to want to visit this cute kitten as he grows into an adult cat.