The Nashville Zoo announced the birth of a female Eurasian lynx cub this week, joining three other lynx at the zoo. The cub was born on May 4.

“The cub arrived on its estimated due date based on the data the keepers collected, and she’s now being hand-raised by our animal care staff," the zoo's mammal curator, Connie Philipp, said in a statement. "She will eventually join an educational outreach program at another zoo.

Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) are classified as "least concern" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Although the illegal skin trade remains the leading threat to the species, their population trend is considered stable.

The lynx population is estimated to be around 8,000 in Europe, but significantly higher in Russia and Central Asia.

The Nashville Zoo also welcomed the birth of three clouded leopards in May. Source

During the summer, the Eurasian lynx has a relatively short, reddish or brown coat, which tends to be more brightly coloured in animals living at the southern end of its range. In winter, however, this is replaced by a much thicker coat of silky fur that varies from silver-grey to greyish-brown. The underparts of the animal, including the neck and chin, are white at all times of the year. The fur is almost always marked with black spots, although the number and pattern of these is highly variable. Some animals also possess dark brown stripes on the forehead and back. Although spots tend to be more numerous in animals from southern populations, Eurasian lynx with heavily spotted fur may exist close to others with plain fur. (Source)

Responses to "Eurasian Lynx Cub Born At Nashville Zoo (PHOTOS) "

  1. Morgana says:

    So cute and beautifull.

  2. Unknown says:

    why is she not allowed to stay with her mother? b-cuz u r going to ship her somewhere else? She already has an attitude paw in air and claws out lol very cute kitten, may the Great Spirit grant her a long and happy life.

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