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


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


The biggest is the Eurasian lynx and she have a weighs in a range between 18 and 31 kg. She 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 has a beautifully 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 into 4 subspecies so in Europe there is the Eurasian Lynx in North America there is the Canadian Lynx


She is a very good hunter, she catches all animals small and medium size. And sometimes in extreme cases, she hunts even moose or reindeer but with a 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.

The attack is ambush based, she waits for the twilight and she hides close her prey. When she’s at the correct distance she starts the attack and she tries to kill immediately the prey. She doesn’t leave the prey to go because she’s not structured for running.

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

A beautiful mating battle, keep the audio on, please!

Major risk:

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 increasing 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, she was extinct in many areas because of his beautiful mantle. And the attitude to predate the livestock, but actually, in general, the population is well maintained.