Asian Leopard Cat

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Carolina Tiger Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

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1940 Hanks Chapel Rd. Pittsboro, NC 27312 (919) 542-4684 (919) 542-4454 info@carolinatigerrescue.org

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  • We believe the ideal home for wildlife is in the wild.
  • We believe it is critical to conserve their native habitats.
  • We believe wild animals should not be kept as pets.
  • We believe captive breeding should ONLY be done in accordance with Species Survival plans.
  • We believe all wild animals, both captive and in their native habitats, deserve to be treated with respect and not exploited for entertainment and commercial purposes.

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Twilight Tours

Coming out for a tour is a great way to learn more about the animals that call Carolina Tiger Recue home. We offer many different types of tours.  Public tours are great for adults and families. Twilight tours are for adults only (18 years of age and older). Tiger Tales are a perfect option if you want to bring out really young children. Find the tour that is right for you and enjoy a walk through the sanctuary.

For all tours, tickets must be purchased in advance.

The bobcat is a small cat whose habitat ranges from southern Canada to central Mexico. Bobcats are adaptable cats that thrive in most areas, including wooded areas, semi deserts, urban edges, and swamplands. There are currently 13 different subspecies of bobcats recognized. Some are listed as endangered with localized extinction in some areas. Bobcats get their name from their short, ‘bobbed’ tail. The tail of a cat is a good indicator of what the cat is good at. A longer tail is helpful for balance, so those cats who spend time in trees or run quickly after their prey, need longer tails for balance. A cat with a shorter tail is good at jumping straight up and ambushing their prey instead, because they don’t have a tail long enough to help them balance.

Lifespan

Wild Asian Leopard Cats live an average of 8-12 years, but they can live into their 20s in captivity.

Shape & Size

Leopard Cats are around the size of a domestic cat. They generally weigh between 6-15 pounds. They average about 16 inches tall and 18-35 inches long.

Color Pattern

Leopard cats range from brown to gray. Their bodies and legs have spots and rosettes, and their heads have stripes.

Behavior

Asian Leopard Cats are nocturnal ambush predators. They are solitary and only come together for breeding. Leopard Cats are very adaptable and capable of living around human villages, but, like bobcats, they are elusive and rarely seen. They are strong climbers and swimmers, but they spend most of their time on the ground.

Habitat

Asian Leopard Cats are found in a variety of habitats throughout southeast Asia. They can live in forests, scrubland, grasslands and even rural areas near human settlements.

Principal Threats

Although this species is very adaptable, they are still threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation. They need understory plants in order to hunt. Asian Leopard Cats are also hunted for their fur. They are also threatened by the pet trade. They are often bred with domestic cats in order to produce Bengal cat hybrids.

Range

Bobcats can be found all over the United States up into southern Canada and down into Mexico.

Food

Bobcats primarily eat rabbits and hares, small rodents, and occasionally livestock, such as goats or sheep.  They are, however, capable of taking down prey as large as small deer.  If they kill a deer, they will often return to it over the course of a couple days and continue to feed on it.

Reproductive Habits

Female bobcats give birth to typically 2 to 4 kittens after 60 to 70 days of gestation.  The kittens stay with their mothers for about the first year then venture out on their own.

Behavior

Bobcats are solitary cats that are highly adaptable.  They are found in rural and urban areas alike and, as long as there is suitable habitat with plenty of prey, they will make themselves at home.  Bobcats can often be heard at night fighting with rivals or other animals and many people report that it sounds like a woman’s scream.

Conservation

Bobcats are currently listed as "least concern" on the IUCN Red List, though some of the subspecies are becoming locally extinct due to habitat loss.

Fun Facts

  • Bobcats are named for their short tail that appears to be "bobbed"
  • Bobcats are the most abundant wild cat in the United States and have the widest range of all North American cats
  • Bobcats can jump over 10 feet to pounce on their prey
  • Despite their size, bobcats are able to take down small deer as prey