A feline on the hunt for prey
The lynx is an elusive animal. It looks like a great big cat, but this feline is not easy to approach. Thanks to its spotted fur with a grey beige colour that it uses as camouflage, it remains hidden from sight most of the time. Often poached because of its gorgeous fur, the lynx is a threatened species despite the conservation measures aiming to protect the species.
The lynx is a skilled predator, patient and extremely fast on short distances. It will feed for several days on a kill, covering the carcass up in-between meals.
In days gone by, the lynx occurred all over Europe. Nowadays, it can be found in Germany, in the Vosges and in the Jura regions.
The lynx is a social animal. It tends to avoid humans, not because it’s afraid but because man has little appeal for the lynx. Because man holds no attraction for the lynx, they never attack humans.
Males and females only come together during the breeding period, between February and April. The lynx has a very short gestation period of only 2 months! Two months after mating, the female gives birth, usually to a litter of 2 to 4 cubs.
Did you know that?
Contrary to popular belief, the lynx does not have an excellent vision! It possesses an ordinary sense of sight, but on the other hand, possesses an extremely acute sense of smell.
Discover the European Big 5
The bison, the wolverine, the wolf, the lynx and the brown bear