Santana was born at Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of the former breeding program.  He was a rambunctious, headstrong, vivacious kitten, who matured into an elegant, athletic serval.  Santana, like all servals, is an excellent jumper.  He loves bounding around his enclosure and chasing his neighbor Aria Tiger, along the fence line.  Santana also finds joy in pouncing on unsuspecting leaves and sticks and playing in his water dish.  Occasionally Santana will take a swipe at the vultures that come just a little too close to his enclosure to remind him that its his territory and not theirs!

Born April 28, 2003

How Santana Came to the Sanctuary

Santana was born as part of Carolina Tiger Rescue’s former breeding program.  Carolina Tiger Rescue, formally Carnivore Preservation Trust, was originally founded to breed keystone species in hopes of one day releasing them into a safe environment but that day never came.  Our animals who were born here will remain here as their permanent home.

Personality

Santana loves to catch snakes and rodents that wander into his enclosure and he has a history of pestering vultures that get a little too close.

Description

Santana is a rambunctious, headstrong, vivacious cat, matured into an elegant, athletic serval. All servals are exceptional jumpers and Santana loves to go on intense bounding fits around his spacious enclosure. He also finds great joy in pouncing on unsuspecting leaves and sticks and spending serious time playing in his water dish.  Santana has a world class purr - for those lucky enough to hear it.

Where in Sanctuary

Santana is located in the Elm Grove area of the sanctuary.  One side of his enclosure is parallel to Aria’s who he interacts with on occasion by hissing at her when he thinks she is too close.

Breeding

In the late 1990's Carolina Tiger Rescue, formally Carnivore Preservation Trust, decided that we were no longer going to breed due to the number of accredited facilities that were abiding by the Species Survival Plan.  The Species Survival Plan was set up to ensure that breeding in captivity was only being done to conserve a species.  This helped limit needless breeding and helps prevent a surplus of animals living in captivity.  Carolina Tiger Rescue only supports breeding in captivity if it is done in accordance with the Species Survival Plan.

Leptailurus serval

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