The Lynx Family

Iberian Lynx

Iberian Lynx

Once listed as the most endangered of the cats, the Iberian Lynx is well on the way to recovery. A photographic trip to Southern Spain gives you a good chance to spot this cat in the wild.

Canada Lynx

Canada Lynx

Discover the fascinating world of the Canadian lynx (lynx canadensis) and learn about its habits, habitat, and conservation efforts. Its beautiful thick fur keeps it warm in the winter and the massive paws allow it to walk on snow with ease.

Bobcat

Bobcat

Get up close with the fascinating bobcat (Lynx Rufus) the southern and smaller cousin of the Canadian Lynx. This is one of the easiest cats to see in the wild, especially if you live in the Western US.

As we all can see, the beautiful lynxes all have tufted ears and bobbed tails. They tend to hunt for smaller mammals, such as rabbits, hares, or in the case of the Eurasian lynx small ungulates.

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The lynx family is the only cat family living exclusively in the northern hemisphere. Each member has a distinct primary habitat, for which it is quite specialized, but these are not their exclusive ranges.

 

The Eurasian Lynx’s primary habitat is boreal forests, but it also lives in high mountains above the tree line and the desert of the Tibetan plateau, while the Iberian Lynx lives in Mediterranean oak forests and scrubland. Similar to the Eurasian Lynx, the Canadian Lynx is primarily a forest dweller and appreciates good brush for cover, it can also be found in the open tundra despite being more exposed. With regards to habitat, the Bobcat is the most flexible of the Lynxes, living in forests, brushland, arid terrains and also mountains.

 

Members of the Lynx Family

There are four species in the Lynx lineage, two of which live in North America and two of which live in Europe. In America, we find the Canadian Lynx and the Bocat, which are probably the two most numerous of the cat species. The Western European populations of the Eurasian and the Iberian Lynx are highly endangered and are in the process of being successfully reintroduced into their natural habitats. Further East the Eurasion Lynx is quite numerous.

Read more about each Lynx species

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