Serval cat is spotted hunting in the long grass of the savanna in Kenya’s Masai Mara… but can you see where it’s hiding?

  • Serval cat (barely) seen while hunting, as it hides in the long grass of the savanna
  • The wild cat lives and hunts in sub-Saharan Africa is known for its ability to hide
  • This particular serval cat was spotted on the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya

The African serval cat is known to be highly skilled when it comes to slipping through the tall grass of the African savanna unnoticed as it sneaks up on its pray.

This particular serval cat managed to make it nigh-on impossible to spot during a recent jaunt on the Masai Mara in Kenya.

A keen eye might be able to see it hiding in this photograph, taken by German wildlife photographer Ingo Gerlach, 64, during a recent trip to the game reserve.

‘My guide John more or less described each blade of grass before I finally saw the cerval,’ Mr Gerlach said.

‘Thanks to its nose – and the experienced eyes of John – I could  photograph the cerval for the first time.

‘In all the years before, during my travels to the Masai Mara, I have never managed to catch even a hint of a serval, let alone take pictures.’

Mr Gerlach says that after snapping the animal in the tall grass he was able to follow it, to take photographs of it with its prey, a wild chicken.

‘In all the years before, during my travels to the Masai Mara, I have never managed to catch even a hint of a serval, let alone take pictures.’

Mr Gerlach says that after snapping the animal in the tall grass he was able to follow it, to take photographs of it with its prey, a wild chicken.

Here I am! The serval, a species of wild cat, was later seen wandering through the Masai Mara game reserve

It’s dinner time: The serval cat’s strategy of sneaking up on its prey paid off when it caught a spotted chicken

Legging it: The serval cat was photographed by German wildlife snapper  Ingo Gerlach, 64, during a recent trip to Kenya

The serval cat is native to sub-Saharan Africa and can be found in 35 countries on the continent. It is sometimes called ‘giraffe cat’ because of its long legs and neck.

Servals have the longest legs and largest ears for their body size of any cat, and can jump up to ten feet.

Servals are carnivores, and hunt everything from birts and rodents to insects and fish – preferring to hunt in tall grass and thickets.