Scientific name: Lynx lynx

Among the felines, lynx are easily distinguished by their rounded faces and short necks. The ears are triangular, long and adorned by a tuft of black hair called brush, most likely for determining the direction of the wind. Their long fur along their cheeks forms a collar that gives them a chubby look. The Eurasian lynx is twice as big as the 3 other species in its family.

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An animal equipped for snowy mountains

Its morphology is particularly adapted to moving in snow: due to its wide feet, the Eurasian lynx exerts a weaker pressure on the ground. As a result, it sinks less into the snow, as if it were wearing snowshoes! This also causes it to walk more silently.

Key figures

  • Weight: 25 kg for males, 21 kg for females
  • Length: 80 to 130 cm long
  • Height: 60 to 75 cm
  • Males are 25% bigger than the females
  • Gestation period: about 60 days
  • Life expectancy: 15 years, 30 years in captivity

Keep up hope

A Spanish park committed to saving the Iberian lynx: its cousin

The Iberian lynx is currently listed as endangered. A breeding program was initiated, in a state of emergency, in June, 2003. As part of the program, the Doñana national park in Spain is setting up several systems that provide wild lynx with food, without compromising their hunting instinct. At the same time, the reproduction centre hopes to rapidly grow of the population: all the newborns will eventually be placed in their natural habitat.