Eurasian Lynx

Conservation Status: “Least Concern”

Scientific Name: Lynx lynx

The Eurasian lynx is known by many names, including the Siberian lync, European lynx, Russian lynx and northern lynx. It is the largest of the lynx species. The Eurasian lynx can be found in forested areas in Europe, Siberia, Central Asia and East Asia.

More About the Eurasian Lynx

Physical Appearance

The Eurasian Lynx is approximately 31 to 51 inches in length with a tail that is a  little over 4 inches to almost 10 inches long. Females typically up to 46 lbs. and males up to 66 lbs. However in Siberia they can reach almost 100 lbs.

A Eurasion lynx has large web-like feet and long, strong legs. Their paws are like snowshoes , which increases their mobility in colder climates.

The fur of the Eurasian lynx is short. During summer months it can vary in color from reddish looking to brown. In the winter, their becomes much thicker and turns to a greyish silver or brown color.


Most Eurasian lynx (almost 90%) live in Russia. They can also be found in northeastern Nepal, India, Turkey, Central Asia and Pakistan. Although once found throughout Europe, Eurasian lynx populations have nearly  disappeared in that region. Efforts are currently underway to reintroduce the Eurasian lynx in various European countries. Currently there are approximately 2,800 living in the Carpathian Mountains and 2,000 living in Romania. Some Eurasian lynx have also been found in the Balkan peninsula.


Hunting & Prey

The Eurasian lynx preys on smaller mammals such as rabbits, squirrels, hares and marmots. Other types of prey include deer, young moose, wild boar, red foxes and grouse. It’s preference is for larger, hoofed animals.




Eurasian Lynx Conservation

Organizations worldwide engaged in Eurasian lynx conservation.

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