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Zambuca is a male African serval who came to The Wildcat Sanctuary in 2018. It was estimated that he was about 4-5 years old at the time.

We got a call that 10 exotic cats were in need of rescue after their owner was hospitalized for a drug overdose.  The conditions of the house, from an African serval and nine Savannah cats scratching, defecating and urinating, left authorities no choice but to condemn the house.

Even though we’d just taken in five lions from Argentina, we immediately agreed to help all the cats. Then, we were informed the Savannah cats already had a place to go. But placement was still needed for the serval, who was very frightened and hissing.  No other information was known, including his name.

Life at the Sanctuary

Zambuca arrived at our sanctuary still scared and unsocialized.  But he appeared in good condition and had a healthy appetite.

We named him Zambuca, after the very first African serval our founder ever met.  It’s a strong name and fits him perfectly now that he’s gained his confidence back.

At the time he arrived, we were renovating the Wildcat Pines section of the sanctuary. Zambuca was able to move into a brand new habitat built with catwalks, caves, trees, and places to hide and stalk from.

Later, we were able to merge him successfully with two other servals – Scarlet and Little Diva. Though these two girls have a stronger bond, they allow him in their cuddle puddles, too.

We love seeing the wild side of Zambuca come out. He’ll lay in the tall grass, always mindful of the caretakers approaching. He’ll give them the typical serval hiss of approval to let them know he’s overseeing things.

He still has his prey drive as we watch him track snakes and stalk bugs and other little things in his habitat. All in all, Zambuca might be known for his cute grumpy face look, but he’s the exact opposite now that he’s able to enjoy a wild at heart life here.

How You Can Help

Caring for a wild cat for life – even a medium sized wild cat like Zambuca – can be very expensive. Our sponsorship program helps support the cats and allows you to form a special bond with them. Would you consider being Zambuca’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 your generous support!