Lynx Day 2020
The return of the lynx to the European forests is slow but steady - by now, over 9,000 adult lynxes roam throughout Europe. Promising numbers that foster nature conservationists’ belief that the beautiful and shy felines will find their way back to the heart of Europe's forests, their rightful place. Fortunately, the return of the lynx is backed by strict protection and many conservation projects but remains a heated topic of debate, for both advocates and opponents.
Founded by the 3Lynx-Project and a broad network of European partners, the International Lynx Day on June 11th was established three years ago by WWF to draw attention to the ongoing and challenging return of lynx to Europe. The goal is to increase awareness about the endangered and strictly protected lynx and inform local citizens on how humans and lynxes can coexist peacefully.
Navigating through huge territories of about 400 square kilometers, lynxes cover long distances to find food and mating partners. To wander uninterrupted, the felines depend on coherent and dense forests. Striking their path, lynx behave like true Europeans, regularly crossing country’s borders. That’s why strong European cooperation is at the heart of the Eurasian lynx’ return.
In Europe two different species of lynx exist: The more abundant Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) which is also the largest lynx in the world and its smaller relative, the Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) which is only to be found on the Iberian peninsula.