The Bobcats of Timbavati Wildlife Park
One denizen of Timbavati Wildlife Park is the Bobcat which is an exclusive native of North America. I like to refer to bobcats as kind of a mid-sized cat. Your typical house cat will weigh 4-8 pounds (depending on species and diet sometimes more, sometimes less). A large cat like a lion or tiger will easily be in excess of 300 pounds and top out around 500 pounds. Bobcats will weigh between 15 and 30 pounds with the males being larger than the females. You will know if you’re looking at a bobcat by the tufts of fur on the cheeks that make the face look wider and the shorter tail with black on the top and white on the underside.
Life of Bobcats
Bobcats are carnivores and will eat rabbits, birds, lizards, rodents and snakes. Their hunting patterns and movements are like most other cats where they lay in wait and pounce when they see an opportunity. I actually have seen a few of the big cats stalk and observe in this manner. No different than your tabby at home will do.
The bobcat also has predators that it has to remain vigilant against due to its relatively diminutive size. Mountain lions, coyotes, foxes, owls, and wolves will all have a go at the bobcat in the wild. For this reason bobcats will have a new burrow on a daily basis and move from shelter to shelter.
Bobcats are the most abundant wildcat in the United States with estimates of its number to be over a million in North America. A female bobcat raises its young alone and will give birth to a litter of between 1-6 kittens after a gestation period of 50-70 days.
Here are more fun facts in this video about the North American Bobcat.