Pharaoh is a white serval (Leptailurus serval), a species known in Afrikaans as Tierboskat ("tiger forest cat"). The serval is a medium-sized African wild cat. DNA studies have shown it to be closely related to the African golden cat and the caracal.
The caracal, also known as the desert lynx, is a wild cat that is widely distributed across Africa, central Asia and southwest Asia into India. The word caracal is derived from the Turkish words "kara kulak," which means "black ear.
Genets are dispersed throughout Africa and are found across a variety of habitats that have dense vegetation—including woodlands, savannas, and forests. Related to the cat but more closely to the mongoose.