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Construction is in progress around our barn. During this time, our barnyard animals will be interacting with new habitats inside and outside of the barn and receiving daily enrichment. Please bear with us while we make improvements for our animals and guests!
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Missy the Bobcat


Lynx rufus

Appearance: Bobcats are named for their short black-tipped tails.  They have tufted ears, long legs, and large paws. Their short, thick top fur coat can range from light brown to red and their under coat is white with dark black spots. They have ruffs of hair on the sides of their head, which appear to look like sideburns.

Range: Resourceful and versatile, bobcats are capable of adapting to a variety of habitats including forests, swamps, and deserts. Once found throughout the United States, today the bobcat’s range is limited. Aside from humans (vehicles and habitat loss due to urbanization), natural bobcat predators include wolves and cougars.

Diet: Bobcats are solitary hunters that prey mostly on small mammals like rabbits, rodents, and sometimes birds, reptiles, or young deer. Bobcats have a well-developed sense of smell and excellent night vision. They use their sharp, retractable claws to climb trees and ambush their prey.


Date of Birth: May 2023

Tufts came to the WNC Nature Center in July 2023 from the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Banner Elk, NC. He was named after Edgar Tufts, the founder of Lees-McRae College, where the rehabilitation center is located.


Date of Birth: May 2023

Kohana came to the WNC Nature Center from the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and joined Tufts in late November 2023.

Meet our other animals

American Black Bear

American Black Bear

Generally shy and reclusive animals, black bears avoid human contact and are not normally aggressive. Two black bears, Uno and Ursa, live at the Nature Center.

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American Pygmy Goat

American Pygmy Goat

Similar to the Nigerian dwarf goat, the American pygmy is a small goat that only reaches 1-2 feet in height. They vary widely in coloration including white, tan, caramel, gray, and black.

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Red Wolf Karma

American Red Wolf

Red wolves are highly endangered species that has been eliminated from almost all of its natural range. Our breeding pair of red wolves, Oak and Gloria, are part of the AZA Species Survival Plan.

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