Female Bobcat (Felis rufus)
Location: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, near Tucson, Arizona, USA
This photo was taken a few months ago when I visited the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, near Tucson, Arizona. One of the nice aspects of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is that animals are displayed in habitats that are authentic and spacious, rather than in cages. Among the mammals displayed there were several species of wild cats. This is a Bobcat (Felis rufus).
When I first arrived at the habitat, I spotted a sleeping pair of Bobcats curled up together in a cavelet near the top of a rocky cliff. I waited for quite awhile to see if either of them would wake up and show themselves. I was rewarded for my patience as first one and then the other awoke and came out into the light. Here is the female Bobcat -- still a bit drowsy from her snooze.
Update: Here are two more photos of this Bobcat, with her mate.