Eurasian lynx

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Master of the frozen wild…

Easily identifiable by the black tufts on the tips of its ears, the lynx is a feline adapted to life in the snow: thick fur, long legs, wide paws… Though it has good night vision, it generally finds prey by using its excellent hearing. It prefers roebuck and chamois, but also hunts foxes, hares, birds…

It had completely disappeared from France and was reintroduced in the 1970s/80s. However, this small population (about 200 individuals) is still very vulnerable. A shy species, it has limited impact on farm animals (50 to 100 attacks / year), but nevertheless some discontent has been expressed by locals.

At the zoo lives a couple of lynxes and one of their young, a now adult female: she was born in 2014!

Latin name: Lynx lynx
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Size: 0.8 to 1.3 m long, 50 to 75 cm tall.
Weight: 10 to 30 kg
Lifespan: 17 years in the wild, 24 years in captivity.
Gestation: 2.5 months
Number of young: 2 to 3
Habitat: forest
Diet: carnivorous
Distribution: the whole of Eurasia, western Europe to central Asia and the Tibetan plateau.
Conservation status: Least Concern