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African Serval [Exotic Cat Of Africa]



This is an African Serval. I was able to get up close and personal with this beauty at our county fair. The Exotic Animal Wildlife Center near here called Tanga...
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This is an African Serval. I was able to get up close and personal with this beauty at our county fair. The Exotic Animal Wildlife Center near here called Tanganyika had her out there integrating her with human population. They are not domesticated but they are experimenting with socializing her and others in the area of modest human contact. She was about the size of a Bob Cat and was silky soft to the touch. She was very calm in spite of the commotion of children and others that she was attracting with her beautiful presence!
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edstilwell
 
edstilwell July 15, 2014
Oh my a real beauty!!!
LionesLens
LionesLens July 16, 2014
Thank you! She was a lot like a domestic cat except her meow was a tad more on the serious and intimidating side!
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 July 15, 2014
He is beautiful, Hun ")
LionesLens
LionesLens July 16, 2014
Thank you sweetP, . . . She was amazing to go right up to and pet!
rockysnaturepictures
 
rockysnaturepictures July 16, 2014
are they rare.i love that alot
LionesLens
LionesLens July 16, 2014
Yeah, I am pretty sure! I do not know much about them but they are really smart and patient with lots of people!
Roussou
Roussou July 30, 2014
One does not see them a lot, you might be lucky to see one on a night drive in a game park
NanaSue54 PRO
 
NanaSue54 July 19, 2014
Beautiful capture of a beautiful animal!! :)
LionesLens
LionesLens July 20, 2014
Thank you! I had never seen one of these up close so it was thrilling!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 July 19, 2014
What an awesome capture .. love those eyes !!
LionesLens
LionesLens July 20, 2014
Thank you kindly! She was awesome in person to just pet and hear her deep voice as she meowed.....sort of!
morg PRO
 
morg July 19, 2014
Great shot!!
LionesLens
LionesLens July 20, 2014
Thank you very much! She was a great sport, what with all the commotion!
lamarh Premium
 
lamarh July 19, 2014
excellent capture. nice catch light in both eyes. very well none detail.
LionesLens
LionesLens July 20, 2014
Thank you! She was the highlight of the evening!
emileabbott PRO
 
emileabbott July 20, 2014
Wow what eye contact
LionesLens
LionesLens July 20, 2014
Thank you! She was surely a beauty! I had to take about 50 shots before I liked what I seen and still I hunger for improvement!
Elyzabeth PRO
 
Elyzabeth July 27, 2014
She is beguiling. She looks so feminine and those eyes? Wonderful!
LionesLens
LionesLens August 09, 2014
Thank you! Yes I agree! . . . vin
wenchejostad PRO+
 
wenchejostad July 28, 2014
Beautiful :)
LionesLens
LionesLens August 09, 2014
Thank you! God bless.................vinny
awhite_40 PRO+
 
awhite_40 July 29, 2014
What a neat cat
LionesLens
LionesLens August 09, 2014
Thank you so much! God bless..............vin
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 August 12, 2014
Gorgeous cat.
LionesLens
LionesLens August 30, 2014
Thank you very much!
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle August 26, 2014
Gorgeous kitty - look at those ear tufts! What part of Africa?
LionesLens
LionesLens August 30, 2014
Thank you for the nice words! I am not sure what part of Africa they originate in. vin
SnowbunnyPhotography
 
SnowbunnyPhotography September 04, 2014
OMG!!!! I totally want one!!! LOL! Amazing..... So beautiful. :o)
LionesLens
LionesLens October 13, 2014
Thank you my friend!
VickiLynn192417 PRO
 
VickiLynn192417 September 29, 2014
Fantastic capture!
LionesLens
LionesLens October 13, 2014
Thank you VickiLynn!
keva1022
 
keva1022 March 17, 2015
How beautiful!!
LionesLens
LionesLens March 21, 2015
Thank you ever so much! God bless..........vinny

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this shot at the Sedgwick County fair a couple years ago. This is an Africa Serval. She was on a leash with a handler from The Tanganyika Exotic Wildlife Refuge near Goddard Kansas, or about ten miles west of Wichita. This wildlife park is mentioned often and visited by Jack Hanna of television wildlife documentary's and also "Jack Hanna's Wildlife" on many television networks across The United States. She was about the size of a medium size dog and very gentle but would spook easily if moved upon quickly.
Time
This shot was taken in late July and at about 6:30 in the evening.
Lighting
Nothing special about the lighting or settings. As I peered through the view finder I liked the way it looked so I just went with it.
Equipment
I took the shot without the use of a tripod or any special equipment.
Inspiration
A love for animals of all kinds attracted my eyes to this scene.
Editing
Nothing special was done in this shot that I can remember.
In my camera bag
I now have three camera's in my "bag" I have a Casio Exilm, a Sony Cybershot with a 25mm wide angle lens and a Canon PowerShot sx 400 IS. The last one I mentioned is my most recent purchase and by far my favorite. The camera I used on this shot was the Sony Cybershot!
Feedback
I encourage anyone taking a similar shot to be prepared to take many snaps/clicks/shots in order to settle on the one that suits your taste. Take a few from a few feet away and then if you can change up by getting closer and or changing the angle of the shot!

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