Denali

History

Denali is a very large male African serval seized by the US Fish and Game Department in Arizona in 2006. He was four years old at the time. When they contacted us about placement, we were happy to make room for him.

Life at the Sanctuary

Since Denali is so big and kept reminding the other servals of just that, we decided to try a merger with another serval living at The Wildcat Sanctuary named O’Malley. He was our other dominant male serval.

After years together, they’ve finally become friends and can be found curled up in the grass side-by-side or next to each other in the indoor hammock.

Denali is pretty calm tempered.  But, everything changes when caretakers are around or it’s feeding time.  Then, he’s very vocal, screaming to get attention.  Let’s just say that he has a very big mouth!

There’s something very unique about Denali, too. If you look closely at his nose, you’ll notice there’s a star print on it.  When we received his paperwork after he was confiscated, it was difficult to read his name.  It appeared to be Denali, so that’s what we called him.

It wasn’t until sometime later that his original owner tracked him down to our sanctuary and informed us his name was actually Denari.  He was named for a star system.

But, by that time, he and all of us were used to the name Denali.  It seemed fitting that this new name truly meant a fresh start and a better life for him here at the Sanctuary, so it stuck.

How You Can Help

Our sponsorship program is what makes lifelong support for a wild cat like Denali possible. Would you consider being his sponsor parent? Or even a one time donation towards his care would be so helpful.

It’s easy to do using the buttons you’ll find at the top of this page. Thank you for your compassionate support!

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