Eurasian Lynx

Lynx lynx wrangeli

Scientific Name

Eurasian Lynx:  
Lynx lynx wrangeli

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

The lynx can be found throughout Europe and Asia.

Natural Habitat

This mid sized cat inhabits forested areas, or, in more open, thinly wooded areas in thick scrub woodland and barren, rocky areas above the treeline.

Physical Characteristics

  • The Eurasian lynx is a rather large cat with long legs and a short tail. Their coat is soft and dense with long hairs and a highly variable color which varies with the location of the animal. The basic color of the lynx is silvery-gray, grayish-yellow, rusty or reddish-brown, with more or less distinct darker spots and stripes. The ears are large and pointed with long tufts of dark hair on the tips, a collar of longer hair hangs around the neck.

Quick Facts

  1. Eurasian lynx are shy cats.

  2. They can run quickly only for short distances and rely on their hearing and sight to locate their prey. They capture prey by a quick ambush, since they do not have the endurance for long pursuits.

  3. It is the largest species of lynx. They grow thick, paler winter coats and have large feet that, when thick with their winter coat of fur, enable them to walk easily on the snow.

  4. Their back legs are longer than front for “springing” when hunting prey. The can jump vertically 8 ft straight up.

Exhibit

Arctic Edge

Conservation Status

Least Concern: The Eurasian Lynx is common or abundant and is likely to survive in the wild.

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Diet

Carnivore

Lynxes prey on hares, rabbits, rodents, wild boar, foxes, roe deer and reindeer. In human care they are fed rats, mice, and other meat with mineral and vitamin supplements.