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Common Name:
Scientific Name:
Lynx rufus
Gestation Period:
65 days
  • Forest
  • Grassland
  • Shrubland
  • Wetlands
20 in
2 ft
Life Span:
12 yrs
Number of Young:
20 lb

Did you know bobcats spend a lot of their time where two different habitats meet, sometimes called edge habitats? Learn more about bobcats.

Care & Wellness:

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.

  • 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.
Endangered Status
  • Extinct in Wild (EW)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Not Evaluated (NE)
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.
Bobcat looking over its shoulder was it walks to the back of its habitat.