The Las Vegas Sun reports the Paradise Town Advisory Board this week turned down an application from record producer Jamal Rashid to keep two serval cats and a capuchin monkey on his three-acre property.
Rashid has held a permit for keeping the animals, but neighbors told board members they feared for their safety after two recent escapes.
Servals are native to Africa and can weigh up to 40 pounds. They have the facial features of a domestic cat and spots like a cheetah. Rashid’s employees said the animals are declawed.
The application now awaits review from county planning commissioners.