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
    • Birth: 2002
    • Arrival: August 2002

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.