Lynx an elegant wild cat of the forests

Lynx an elegant wild cat

IUCN red list classification as Least concern

Scientific Name: Lynx lynx

English name: Lynx

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Felidae

Link to Red List page: lynx red list

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Lynx inhabits forests up to high quote, is a cat of mountains.


The biggest is the Eurasian lynx and she have a weighs in range between 18 and 31 kg, is 80 up to 130 cm length and the high at the shoulder is between 70 to 80 cm. Is a big wild cat and is even very pretty, she have a beautiful spotted mantle and the ears have at the top a tuft of hair like caracal.

Where to find:

Is possible to find in Asia North and Central Europe, North America. She’s divided in 4 subspecies so in Europe there is the Eurasian Lynx in North America there is the Canadian Lynx


Lynx is a very good hunter, she catch all animals small and medium size, and sometime in extreme cases she hunt even moose or reindeer but with huge risk for his safety.

In her diet there is hares, rabbits, marmots, squirrels, dormice, other rodents, grouse, red foxes, wild boar, chamois, young moose, roe deer, red deer, reindeer.

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The attack is ambush based, she wait the twilight and she hide close her prey, when she’s at the correct distance she start the attack and she try to kill immediately the prey, if is not she leave the prey to go because she’s not structured for running.

Lynx is very similar to the leopard, she’s solitary lifestyle and even hunting she do solitary. Her importance in the ecosystem is huge because she kill specimens diseased or old so she contribute to maintain the ecosystem more strong. A strange thing is the discover of the famous way of saying Eye of lynx is incorrect, the eye of lynx are not particularly strong like instead the hears, a sense very developed. Did you know? lynx can live up to 10/15 years free and 20 in captivity.

Major risk:

lynx in the Eurasian, Canadian bobcat is classified Last Concern, just the Iberian lynx is classified Endangered. Anyway the conservation programs actually have his impact and in the lasts years the number is increased of three times. That is not meaning now is ok because in absolute numbers terms we talking about from 50 to 150 specimens, so the way is long again but there is hope. The Major risk is just the human activities, in the past it was extinct i many areas because of his beautiful mantle and the attitude to predate the livestock, but actually in general the population is well maintained.

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