Top cats in North America, the geographically widespread mountain lion has many names: cougar, puma, catamount and panther.

In California cougars can be found from sea level to 10,000 feet and can have territories of 100 square miles. If you live in mountain lion country take time to learn how to keep yourself, livestock, and pets safe.

Adult males range in weight from 130 to 150 pounds, females between 65 and 90 pounds with an age span of 12 years. Kittens depend on their mothers for survival training their first two years.


The largest living species of cat, the tiger, walks on its toes. Tigers will greet each other by rubbing faces and cheeks on each other. Come to the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary to observe our Big Cats.

A tigers color ranges for yellow to reddish-brown with a striped pattern unique to each tiger. They live about 15 years in the wild, 16-18 in zoos. Worldwide, the wild tiger population in 1900 was estimated at 100,000.

At this time the number of tigers hovers between 5,000-7,500. Habitat loss, poaching and depredation hunting are taking a toll on these endangered animals.


A bobcat can appear and disappear with it’s excellent camouflage coat. Can you spot one in the Folsom City Zoo bobcat enclosure.

Bobcat’s are the most common wild cat in North America. Their name probably came from their short ‘bobbed” tails. Bobcats are opportunists and have been known to prey on unguarded domestic animals. Their wild diet includes rabbit, ground squirrel, mice, gopher, wood rats and even deer.

Feral Cats

The feral cats of the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary have a very special place to call home moving from their inside home to their outside enclosure through a tunnel.

A feral cat is the offspring of stray or feral cats and is not accustomed to human contact. Feral cats are usually too fearful to be handled or adopted. Feral cats find it difficult or impossible to adapt to living as pets in close contact with people.