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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

Bobcat

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Lynx rufus

  • Classification: Mammal
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 25yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10-12yrs
  • Length: 3ft
  • Weight: 15-30lbs
  • Height: 2ft (at shoulder)
  • Range: North America
  • Habitat: 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

Bobcats are one of the most common wildcats in the United States. They are named for their short bobbed tails, and have characteristic tufts of fur at the top of their ears that serve as camouflage and help filter sound waves down into their ears while they are hunting. They use hearing as their primary sense for hunting and spend a large amount of time sitting or crouching, waiting to ambush their next meal. Interestingly, bobcats in Western Oregon tend to have darker, more distinguished markings than those in Eastern Oregon. Most cats have retractable claws which prevents the claws from wearing down and becoming dull. When they need to, they can extend their claws to climb trees or take down prey. Bobcats can last long periods without food, but will eat heavily when prey is abundant. During lean periods, bobcats will often prey on larger animals that they can return to feed on later.

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

We recommend reservations to guarantee your guided tour experience!

  • Hours: 9AM - 4PM
  • Guided Tours:  M-F 10:00, 12:00, 2:00
  • Self-Guided: Saturday & Sunday 10:00 - 3:00                                                                  
  • 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 115 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.