Kona is a male, marbled Savannah cat (a hybrid of an African serval and a domestic cat) who arrived at the sanctuary in 2012. When we were contacted about taking him in, we were told he was a marbled Bengal cat. But, when he arrived, we knew right away he wasn’t. And he weighed over 18 lbs!
His owner surrendered him to a humane society because he was picking on other house pets. Luckily, a veterinarian referred Kona to Southwest Wildlife who took him in until they could find him a forever home.
Life at the Sanctuary
Kona is very socialized to people. Coming from Arizona, we’d thought it would take him a bit to get used to our winter weather. But, he’s really enjoying it.
He loves the attention he gets from caretakers. Kona’s the first to greet keepers in the morning in his bungalow, often wrapping himself around their legs seeing if he can’t trip them up.
Though we tried merging Kona with other hybrids, he prefers people rather than his roommates. That’s why we built a “private suite” habitat and indoor, temperature-controlled bungalow for him. He’s able to enjoy the company of other hybrids in Hybrid Haven since he has shared walls with other habitats.
How You Can Help
Caring for a wild cat for life – even a small hybrid like Kona – can be quite expensive. Hybrids usually come to us with special needs, genetic and/or medical issues due to their breeding.
Our sponsorship program helps support the cats’ care costs and allows you to form a special bond with them. Would you consider becoming Kona’s sponsor parent?
Or even a one time donation toward his care would be so appreciated. It’s easy to do using the buttons at the top of this page.
Thank you for caring about the little wild ones, too!