Lynx (Carpathian)

Lynx lynx carpathica

IUCN Red List status: Least Concern

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Least Concern


Where they live

Eurasian lynx:Northern Europe, Siberia and some parts of Asia. Carpathian lynx: Carpathian mountain range of central Europe.


Forest areas or in more open, thinly wooded areas; in thick scrub and in mountainous regions in barren rocky areas above the tree line.


body length: 80-130 cm; tail: 10-20 cm


18-35 kg


17+ years


Illegal hunting for pelts for the skin trade plus habitat loss and declining numbers of prey.

Did you know...

  • Ear tufts are used for communication

More about Carpathian lynx...

At DZG we hold Carpathian lynx, a subspecies of the Eurasian lynx, found in the Carpathian mountain regions of Europe. It is a comparatively large cat, characterised by long legs, a bob tail, tall ears adorned with conspicuous black tufts and cheek hair which forms a facial ruff.

Their thick soft fur is more densely spotted than in other sub-species.

The lynx’s haunts include the remote northern forests of Europe and Asia where their thick fur keeps them warm during the freezing winters.

Their large paws are also furry and hit the ground with a spreading toe motion that makes them function as natural snowshoes.

These stealthy cats avoid humans and hunt at night, so they are rarely seen.

They prey on a range of animals including deer, wild goats, sheep and when food is scarce on smaller creatures such as rabbits, hares, foxes and small rodents.

Like many cat species they are solitary in their behaviour and come together only to breed.

Female lynx give birth to a litter of one to four cubs after a gestation period of 63-70 days.

The female raises the litter singly – the male plays no part.

DZG’s pair of lynx are part of a European Breeding Programme.

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