Eurasian lynx

Least concern

Arya and Pacha are the park's 2 Eurasian lynx


Scientific name : Lynx lynx lynx

Where do they live?

In the boreal and temperate mixed forests of Europe and Asia.

Did you know?

An animal equipped for snowy mountains
Its morphology is particularly adapted to moving through the snow. With its wide feet, the Eurasian lynx exerts little pressure on the ground, so it sinks less into the snow, as if wearing snowshoes! This also helps them walk quieter.

Lynx are easily distinguishable from other felines by their rounded faces and short necks. Their ears are long and triangular with a tuft of black hair called a "brush" that might be used to detect the direction of the wind. Long hairs along its cheeks form a collar that gives them a chubby look. The Eurasian lynx is 2 times larger than the other 3 species in its family.

Weight

25 kg for males, 21 kg for females.

Length

80 to 130 cm in length.

Height

60 to 75 cm at the withers.

Gestation period

Around 60 days.

Life expectancy

15 years in the wild and 30 years in captivity.

A Spanish park taking action for the survival of its cousin, the Iberian Lynx

This species is currently "critically endangered" (source IUCN). An Iberian lynx breeding program was urgently created in June 2003. In this framework, Doñana National Park in Spain implements several systems to provide wild lynx with food without affecting their hunting instincts. In parallel, the reproduction centre helps to rapidly increase the population: all lynx born here should, in the long term, be reintroduced to their natural environment.