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Serval only occur in Africa, inhabiting the wetter areas and are absent from the deserts in the north and south west.
The Serval was the symbol of the Italian Tomasi family, princes of the island of Lampedusa. Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, wrote the famous Italian novel IlGattopardo. Despite being known as The Leopard in English, the Italian title actually refers to a serval. The serval's North African range is near Lampedusa.