The Missing Lynx

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Though it bounced back from extinction in Europe, the Iberian lynx remains the world’s most endangered big cat species and many worry it might be the first cat species to become extinct in nearly 2,000 years. Here’s what you need to know.

It’s INTERNATIONAL LYNX DAY and to celebrate we’re placing the spotlight on one of the most endangered cat species in the world.

Wild facts: Spotting a lynx

  • There are four main species of lynx, including the bobcat, Canadian lynx, Eurasian lynx, and Iberian lynx.
  • Lynx have reflective eyes, which is how they earned their name — derived from the Greek word for “shine.”
  • Lynx are one of the shortest big cats, standing about as tall as a large dog.
  • Their reddish-brown coats with spotted camouflage are naturally ready for the harsh winters of North America, Europe, and Asia. In the winter, their coat gets thicker for insulation.
  • Their ears are lined with black tufts, and they have a black tuft on their tail. It's thought that the tufts on their ears support their hearing.

What’s threatening lynx populations?

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