The first of the new additions is three Bobcats. Bobcats are the most common wild cats in North America, and they are named for their short, “boobed” tails. They are considered medium sized cats and their fur varies in color from beige to brown with dark spots. They are nocturnal carnivores that usually prey on rabbits and hares but they have been known to eat rodents, birds and even deer and chickens. Bobcats are extremely good hunters that can capture their meal in seconds. Females, the more territorial, usually live in solidarity, whereas male bobcats are a little more social. Bobcats, just like any other animal, mate and give birth to new bobcats. However, their behavior after the kitten is born is unique. A mother bobcat will teach her kittens to hunt by five months old and then will force them out of her territory before they turn one. An average bobcat lifespan is about seven years. Now a day, one of the biggest killers of bobcats is habitat destruction.
The second addition is two baby red foxes named Yukon and Stan. Yukon and Stan are brothers that were born about six weeks ago. Stan was named in honor of the Long Island Game Farm founder, Stanley Novak. Red foxes are named for their reddish fur coat; however, they can also be grey, golden, black or brown. Red foxes can be found across the entire Northern Hemisphere and the key to their survival is their ability to adapt to different climates and habitats including deserts, forests and grasslands. In the wild, their main sources of food are birds, insects, squirrels and rabbits and their predators include wolves, coyotes, and wildcats. Red foxes are very social creatures; they live in family groups and they use a series of calls to communicate. In addition to these “calls” they also use their tails to signal to each other. Red foxes, unlike bobcats, live with their young in their den for the entirety of their life and the whole family will help to raise the kits.
The Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo will be open seven days per week (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday) starting Thursday, May 18.
For more information, visit www.longislandgamefarm.com.
The Long Island Game Farm was founded in 1970 by Stanley and Diane Novak and is located on 25 acres of land in Manorville. The Park has grown over the years and has served as a frequent destination of school children that have grown up on Long Island. Each year, thousands of guests visit the park.