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November 28, 2011Posted by on
Many of our ISEC Canada members are keen photographers, and include both amateur and professional photogs. We are always happy to showcase wild cat photos on this blog, so if you have any pictures you would like to brag about, please email them to our office at email@example.com. Click on photos to enlarge.
Our wandering member Ben Williams in the United Kingdom has sent us more wild cat photos, this time of a beautiful Eurasian Lynx Lynx lynx, taken at Newquay Zoo, Cornwall, UK.
These are the largest cats in the lynx family. Russia comprises 75% of their range, and they are also found in Scandinavia, China, and temperate climes of Central Asia. Scattered populations remain in eastern and western Europe. Eurasian lynx inhabit mainly forest areas with dense cover, cold semi-desert, tundra, open woodland and scrub up to 4700 m in the Himlalayas.
The population of these cats is considered secure, with large areas of their massive range still intact, especially in Russia where the population is estimated at 30,000-35,0000 animals. They are no longer legally hunted for the fur trade, but illegal trade continues throughout parts of their range.