Canada Lynx (Felis lynx)

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is the home for two lynx, a male and a female. The male is originally from the Minnesota Zoo and was born in May of 1991. The female is from Hogle Zoo in Utah and was born May 1992. The lynx are often found playing with and stalking each other, as well as having fun with a variety of animal enrichment items zookeepers put in their exhibit, such as hidden food treats and cardboard. They are similar in appearance to a bobcat, however lynx are larger and have longer legs.

Description: 

Lynx are light brown to gray in color. The tip of the tail is black and they have long black ear tufts. Lynx weigh between 11-65 pounds. They have a head and body length of 26 to 43 inches and a tail length of 2 to 7 inches.

Habitat: 

Mostly forests with dense undergrowth, occasionally open forest, rocky areas and tundra.

Range: 

Western Europe to Siberia; Spain and Portugal; Alaska, Canada and northern United States.

Diet: 

Rodents, hares, rabbits, deer, fish and ground birds.

Life Span: 

10-21 years.

Family Life: 

Lynx lead a solitary life except during the breeding season and when females travel with their immature young. Breeding season is February to early April. Females can give birth to 1 to 5 young, called cubs or kittens, after a 60 to 74 day gestation period. The young are weaned in 2 to 5 months.

Status: 

Lynx are hunted for sport and for their fur. They also suffer from habitat loss.

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