Lynx – Lynxes & bobcats
These iconic cats are easily recognizable by distinctive hair tufts on their pointed ears
The lynxes are medium-sized cats characterized by a tuft of straight black hair on the tips of each ear. They have a short tail and a fringe of long hairs with black bars under their neck called “ruff.”
They inhabit densely forested areas in high altitudes of northern Europe, northern Asia, and North America within the temperate zone.
As carnivores, they are mainly active nocturnal hunters preying on rodents, rabbits, hares, deer, and birds. They are solitary and terrestrial animals but are good climbers and swimmers, sometimes hunting fish.
Lynx have polygynous mating systems, where one male mates with many females during the short breeding season. Females give birth to 2-3 kittens after a gestation period between 6-10 weeks, depending on the species.
Species in this genus
It was on the brink of extinction only 20 years ago; now, the population is reviving thanks to conservation measures implemented
Also called the red lynx, it is the most common wild cat in North America
A powerful hunter with adaptations like no other, navigating the snowy terrain of North America’s forests
Once widespread throughout most of Europe, by now extinct in most of Western and Central Europe