Micke Grove Zoo

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Bobcat
Lynx rufus

  • Habitat: Forests, coastal swamps, deserts and scrubland
  • Range: Across North America (Canada, Mexico and the U.S.A)
  • Natural Diet: Small mammals, birds, fish and insects.
  • Status in the Wild: Common

 

Fun Facts

  • Bobcats have a muscular build with longer hind legs than front legs, which helps them pounce on their prey that as far as 10 feet away from them
  • Their muscular build also supports them to run up to 30 miles per hour when chasing prey
  • They are habitat generalists living and surviving in diverse habitats
  • Their name originated from their unique feature of having bobbed tails
  • They have an advanced sense of sight, hearing, and the sense of smell
  • They are excellent tree climbers and are able to effortlessly climb  trees
  • They are solitary by nature pairing briefly for breeding

 

Conservation Threats

The major threats are:

  • Habitat loss, some agricultural practices, and livestock farming and production.
  • Illegal hunting and trapping also has a detrimental influence on wild numbers

 

 

The male bobcat housed at Micke Grove Zoo uses recycled cardboard boxes as enrichment

Animal keepers administer enrichment regularly to motivate animal residents to display species-specific behavior

 

Map Distributional range

Bobcats are found throughout North America