How to Draw a Serval

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Serval in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Serval.

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How to Draw a Serval - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw the head using a round shape with two large triangle-like bumps coming out of it for the ears.

Step 2: Draw the eyes using two tiny semi-circles, a tiny triangle for the nose, and a small line for the mouth. Trace the inside of the triangular bumps you used for the ears.

Step 3: Draw the body using two lines that start at the head as shown above.

Step 4: Draw the front leg with two vertical lines that meet at a foot that extends slightly to the left.

Step 5: The other front leg will be mostly hidden by the first, so draw a single line that follows the right side of the first leg. Then draw the bottom of the body.

Step 6: The hind leg will be thicker and have more bends in it than the front legs, and also should start from within the body. Have the foot pointing up a little as well as to the left.

Step 7: Draw the other hind leg more like the front legs, but still with some bends and curves in it.

Step 8: Draw the tail using two lines continuing from the right of the body that meet at a point. Your Serval is now done!

Interesting Facts about Servals

The serval is a species of wild cat that is native to central Africa. They live in areas that have high grass and are close to marshes and other bodies of water. Servals have long legs and long ears that are adapted for the high grasslands. They prefer to live alone rather than in groups.

Did you know?

  • On average, servals are 2 to 3 feet long. Their height at the shoulder is about 20 inches, and they weigh between 20 and 55 pounds.
  • Servals have cheetah-like coats and rings on their tails. Their coats help them to camouflage into their surroundings.
  • The average lifespan of servals is 19 years.
  • Serval is the second fastest cat, behind the cheetah.
  • Baby servals, known as kittens, are raised only by their mother until they are old enough to hunt for their own food.

Servals are crepuscular, which means that they hunt for food at dusk and dawn. Servals are carnivores. Their diet includes hares, snakes, lizards, insects, and frogs. Servals are able to leap as high as 10 feet into the air to catch the birds that they eat. Servals have the ability to hear where their prey is, and then attack them without even seeing them first.