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“ Spring has arrived here in interior Alaska and soon female lynx will be giving birth. Each spring we briefly visit den sites to document reproduction and collect other important information for our study. Over the next couple months we will update you on what we discover. #canadalynx#kittens#wildlifebiology#science#alaska#thelynxproject @drewtrush @boonesmithwc @dashfeier ”
The diverse array of animals at Stone Zoo forces me to switch gears quickly. After setting up the gibbons for the day, I need to think about enrichment for the lynx. Today, I’ve decided to go with scent enrichment in the form of some stinky shavings from the rock hyrax exhibit. Fun fact: cats love scents … no matter how gross it may seem to us humans. Patty here is Exhibit A. -Bridget, Senior Keeper
Happy International Cat Day!
Today NCC is honouring one of Canada’s coolest cats, the Canada lynx. This species can be found throughout the boreal forest region of Canada. These cats have long tufts of fur on their ears and large paws that are covered in thick, coarse hair, with toes that spread out and function much like snowshoes on snow. The majority of this carnivore’s diet is comprised of snowshoe hare. The Canada lynx often preserves leftovers by covering pieces of their prey in the snow. These large paws allow the species to live in a more northerly habitat than the bobcat, allowing it to hunt in deep snow, which reduces competition for food. Since the Canada lynx cannot run fast, it must stalk and ambush its prey at close proximity.