"Only a few meters from her, out jumped a Serval and
raced away. We then saw another eight melanistic (black) Servals over the two
days we spent on the moorlands. Melanism is predicted to occur at a higher
percentage at higher altitudes in vertebrates, but the ratio seems little
different with Augur Buzzards (which also has melanistic individuals) at this
altitude and those at their lowest distribution"
The serval cat comes in three color phases. Melanistic RARE, brown spotted
which is the most common and White which could be born in the wild the same as
white tigers but all accounts point towards cultivation in
The savannah comes in more colors as the domestic influence adds a myriad
of colors to the hybrid cross.
The black or melanistic serval is just that ,"black" and does have spotting
pattern like the goldens which is visible in strong sunlight.
The white serval is a true white similar to the white tigers this is
related to the albino gene. The savannah breeders have chosen to mimic this
color by introducing the silver gene which is not the same .
The white savannahs and serval have a white coat with beautiful spots at
maturity .This color should not be mistaken with the domestic white
masking gene . Kittens are born virtually spotless and as they mature the spots
appear clearer .
White serval sitting with the common
This is the newest
kitten born. Dunkin lives with Marie and goes everywhere with her .
Here is Isis our first white female. .They are few in numbers and quite rare.
She was born pure white and I have hand raised her from birth.
6 weeks old her pattern is starting to show
10 weeks old
Although she has "red eye" in this picture she has the most beautiful blue eyes
I have ever seen.
12 weeks old as you can see her spots are arriving.
8 weeks old.
Being the white savannahs are not considered acceptable with the TICA registry
if we produce any more white savannahs they will be available to approved pet
Isis will remain here with us. We are smitten with her beauty.