Bobcats’ native habitat ranges from southern Canada to northern Mexico, and they are very adaptable to a variety of climates. While you’re not likely to see one in a city like Washington D.C., the four-season climate here is similar to what bobcats experience in the wild.
Ollie, Cheese and Yoda currently live behind-the-scenes in an outdoor habitat that provides the cats with 360-degree views. We encourage them to explore their habitat by adding elements to their environment that help elicit natural behaviors, like hiding and climbing.
We offer them a lot of different spaces to hide including dens, tubes and a faux rock. During the winter, our bobcats seem to prefer to spend time in their heated dens. When the temperature drops in winter, they will snuggle together in their den. Cheese and Yoda are strongly bonded, so it isn’t unusual to see them cuddling together, no matter the temperature. Bobcats are also proficient climbers, so their exhibit space includes large branches, platforms and hammocks.