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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife


Learn About Rufus

  • Classification: Mammal
  • Species: Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 25yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10-12yrs
  • Length: 3ft
  • Weight: 15-30lbs
  • Height: 2ft (at shoulder)
  • Range in the Wild: North America
  • Habitat in the Wild: Diverse - forests, swamps, deserts, near urban interface
  • Diet: Carnivore
    • Diet in the Wild: reptiles, small mammals, birds
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: donated meats, venison, elk, poultry
    • Gender: Male

Rufus was found in the wild as a kitten and was illegally kept by an individual until he was about 3 months old. He was confiscated by ODFW and sent to Wildlife Images for permanent placement as he was already too socialized to be returned to the wild. It took our animal care staff painstaking hours to get Rufus to eat a proper diet of raw meats, as he had been fed cat food as a kitten. Luckily, his diet was corrected early enough that there was no permanent damage and he has grown into a healthy and happy bobcat. He was even a film star for a short time as a kitten, where he was cast as a predator in an IMAX Disney film shot partly in Friday Harbor, Washington, where he stalked a peregrine falcon (don’t worry, no animals were harmed in the making of the film!) Unfortunately, his silver screen debut never made it to release, but he had a great time running through large open fields where he even got to climb his first tree.

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11845 Lower River Rd., Grants Pass, OR 97526
P.O. Box 36, Merlin OR 97532

Please make a reservation for your tour as you must be accompanied by a tour guide to visit!

  • Hours: 9AM - 5PM
  • Guided Tours: Every hour on the hour
  • Adults $14 | Seniors $12
  • Children (ages 4-13) $7
  • Children ages 3 and under by donation

Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

In this pursuit we aim to:

  • Involve people to share in our mission.
  • Educate people about the personal benefits of taking care of wildlife and the environment entrusted to our care.
  • Inspire people to make positive changes improving the world for wildlife.

We Need Your Help

With over 80 animal ambassadors, and over 1,000 sick injured and orphaned animals brought to our center each year - every dollar counts. We rely solely on people like yourself to support the work we do.

We receive no State or Federal funding and depend entirely on private funds to carry out our Mission.