Lynx

lynx lynx There are just a few wild cat species living in Europe. Besides the European wild cat there are two species of the genus lynx that have to be mentioned: The Lynx or Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) and the Spanish lynx (Lynx pardinus). Reaching a length up to 110 cm and a weight up to 38 kg, the Eurasian lynx is larger than its Iberian relative and moreover the largest wild cat inhabiting Europe. In America two further lynx species are distributed: the Canadian lynx (Lynx canadensis) and the Bobcat (Lynx rufus). The distribution scheme in America is similar to the one in Europe. The larger Canadian lynx inhabits the northern parts of North america, whereas the smaller Bobcat can be found in the more southernly parts down to Mexico.

Which zoos have them?
Artis (Netherlands)

The Eurasian lynx is listed as Near Threatened (NT), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Some facts about the
Lynx

Adult weight : 23 kg (50.6 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 24 years

Female maturity :639 days

Male maturity : 1004 days

Gestation : 66 days

Weaning : 87 days

Litter size : 2

Litters per year : 1

Interval between litters : 365 days

Weight at birth : 0.247 kg (0.5434 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 1.86 kg (4.092 lbs)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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