Canada lynx are a medium-sized cat with distinct long ear tufts, flared facial hair and a black-tipped, bobbed tail. Canada lynx are part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP). In the 1900’s their populations declined drastically due to the fur trade. The Edmonton Valley Zoo is searching the zoo world for a suitable companion for Xena.

SIZE: Approx.2 ft (60 cm) tall, 3 ft (90 cm) long, 8-14 kg (18-31 lbs)
HABITAT: Boreal forests and mountainous areas with cold snowy winters and high populations of snowshoe hare. Found in Canada, northern United States and Alaska.
DIET: Mostly snowshoe hares but they will also eat small rodents, ground birds and carrion. Lynx populations fluctuate dramatically, following the snowshoe hare cyclic spikes and crashes.
BEHAVIOURS: Solitary, usually hunting & traveling alone. Lynx are not fast runners so use cunning to hunt, often waiting hours in a hiding spot before pouncing on prey. Large, round feet support their weight on top of the snow.
OFFSPRING: Average of four kittens.
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 15-20 years.
THREATS: Cougars, wolves, coyotes. Humans are their biggest threat; trappers hunt them for their beautiful fur.

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