Animal Facts
    Common Name:
    Scientific Name:
    Lynx rufus
    • Bobcats are solitary and territorial cats, although male territories may overlap.
    • Bobcats stalk and ambush their prey.
    • They rely on hollow logs, rocky crevices, and dense brush for dens and hunting platforms.
    20 in
    20 lb
    2 ft
    Life Span:
    12 yrs
    Gestation Period:
    65 days
    Number of Young:
    • Forest
    • Grassland
    • Shrubland
    • Wetlands
    Fun Facts:
    • Most of their prey are rabbits and hares.
    • These cats spend a lot of their time at the edges of different habitats, such as forests or wetlands.
    • Bobcats tend to mark their territory with urine, feces, and scratch marks.
    • The bobcat's tail is black on top and white on the bottom compared to the tip of the lynx's tail which is all black.
    • Unfortunately, the demand for bobcat pelts is increasing.
    • Habitat Loss
    • Poaching / Over Consumption
    Endangered Status
    Endangered Status
    • Extinct in Wild (EW)
    • Critically Endangered (CR)
    • Endangered (EN)
    • Vulnerable (VU)
    • Near Threatened (NT)
    • Least Concern (LC)
    • Not Evaluated (NE)

    Several animals that live at the North Carolina Zoo are rescues.  Found as a kitten on the side of the road next to her dead mother, the Zoo’s bobcat would not have survived.  She is now thriving under the professional care at the Zoo.

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    This species is cooperatively managed as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan program program. This program is responsible for developing a Breeding and Transfer Plan for each species in the program.