Eurasian Lynx

Latin Name Lynx lynx
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Felidae
IUCN status Least concern
Habitat Forests, steppes, mountains and lowlands in winter
Distribution Europe, Asia and Siberia

General Information

Like most cats the Lynx prefers hunting at dawn and dusk lying up during the day in caves and dens etc. The favored prey are deer but will take small mammals and carrion when available.

The young are born once a year and are fully weaned at 5 to 6 months.

This animal has been successfully re-introduced into many European countries and is under consideration for re-introduction the UK.

Fun Fact

A Lynx is able to jump up to 7ft from a standing start.
The Lynx have eyesight so powerful and such an acute sense of smell that they can detect a mouse at 75 metres away!

Keeper Notes

Munchkin was captive bred at Norfolk Wildlife Park in 2005 and joined us in 2011. She is not part of the captive breeding programme in the UK as her bloodline has been very successfully bred.