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Strictly a carnivore, the bobcat hunts for small animals during the twilight and nighttime hours. Excellent nocturnal vision, sensitive whiskers, and acute hearing enable it to stalk and pounce on its prey. The shy and elusive bobcat is named for its short "bobbed" tail, which measures about six inches. A bobcat is a solitary cat throughout the year, except during the breeding season. Two to three kittens are born after a sixty day gestation, and the young are raised alone by the mother. The size of a bobcat's territory depends upon the quality of the habitat and the availability of prey. The bobcat routinely scent marks the territory with urine, feces, scrapes, and tree scratches placed throughout its home range.
Our Animal's Story
ZooAmerica is home to a family of three bobcats. In 2008, the mother, Keira, gave birth to Reese and Kit Kat. Reese, the male, is very nosy and likes to investigate all around the habitat. While Keira and Kit Kat are more calm and relaxed. Keira was born in May 1998 and arrived at ZooAmerica in 2007 from the Turtle Back Zoo in New Jersey.