Fun Facts About the Lynx

The critically endangered Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) has a total population of something like 84 to 143 adults, restricted to areas of Spain and Portugal. Their decline is partly due to a loss of its primary prey, the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus).
Credit: IUCN

A part of the small cat group, the lynx can be identified by the tufts of black fur on its ears. The animal can be found all over remote northern forests in Asia, Europe and North America.

There are four species of lynx: the Spanish lynx, Canadian lynx, Eurasian lynx and the bobcat. A lynx is typically 32 to 40 in (80 to 100 cm) long with and additional 4 to 8 in (10 to 20 cm) for the tail. They weigh 22 to 44 lbs (10 to 20 kg).

Their fur ranges from golden brown to an off-white color and some have dark colored spots all over their bodies. These solitary animals hunt just like any other cat, by using a stalk-and-jump method to catch rabbits, rodents, mice and other prey.

Other facts about lynxes

A Eurasian Lynx in Bayerischler Wald National Park in Germany.
Credit: WWF-Canon/RogerLeGUEN

Lynxes have a distinctive white patch on their ears below the black tuft of hair. They also have a short ruff under their necks.

The animals have large, heavily padded paws that help them walk on snow.

The lynx has very good eyesight and can even spot prey 250 feet (75 meters) away.

These cats are known to be elusive and hard to spot. They often hide behind tree stumps or rocks when stalking prey.

Lynx are agile jumpers, climbers and swimmers.

The lynx can make a variety of sounds that resemble a house cat's meows, hisses and purrs.

Newborn lynx come in litters during the spring. They usually spend two years learning to hunt with their mother.

The creature is a threatened species. The Spanish lynx is near-extinction because its main prey, rabbits, were almost eradicated from their natural hunting areas.

Other resources:

San Diego Zoo - Lynx

The Nature Conservancy - Lynx

National Geographic - Lynx

BBC Nature - Lynx

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