Bobcats are mostly found in the United States, but they range from Mexico to Southern Canada. They are named for their tail, which appears to be cut or “bobbed.” Most bobcats are brown or brownish red with a white underbelly and short, black-tipped tail. Another distinct characteristic is their tufted ears. Their diet in the wild consists of rabbits, rodents, deer, snakes, lizards, and domestic animals such as dogs, cats, sheep, goats, and poultry. Here at the Good Zoo they are fed special carnivore meat and cat chow. Bobcats are typically crepuscular, meaning they are active primarily at dawn and dusk. Bobcats are solitary and territorial, and will utilize dens such as a cave or hollow log. They will scent mark or scratch to mark these places as their territory.
We have two bobcats here at the zoo, Oliver, a male and Bobbi, a female. In their habitats you will see logs, furniture, and other enrichment items that allow them to do their favorite activities like running, jumping, chasing, sleeping, and hiding.
If you would like to meet and learn more about Oliver and Bobbi, you can schedule an encounter!