Rare Animal Species: The Critically Endangered Balkan Lynx Struggles To Survive

Today there are less than 50 Balkan Lynx cats surviving in the remote mountainous forests of the Western Balkans. With every passing year, this rare animal species borders on extinction.

The endangered Balkan Lynx has reappeared in Macedonia after ten years

According to a report from New Scientist, researchers snapped the very first photo of a wild Balkan lynx kitten, the likes of which have not been seen in more than a decade. Usually found in eastern Albania and western Macedonia, this photo which was taken in another location; namely, Mavrovo National Park on the border of Macedonia and Albania, suggests still another breeding site for this rare animal species. The kitten and its mother, a Balkan Lynx named Maya, were discovered on the edge of the park, one of only two places the lynx is believed to breed.

#1. Balkan Lynx Kitten

Rare Animal Species: The Critically Endangered Balkan Lynx Struggles To Survive
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A team of researchers discover the Balkan Lynx cub and its mother

Devoted researchers from Euronatur and the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES) found the cub via a GPS collar they had attached to the mother last February. In the words of MES team member Panajot Chorovski, who photographed the cub: “It is a great thing to be able to see this baby lynx, hale and hearty.” John Durrus Linnell of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research added: “When this project started almost 10 years ago there was no real proof that the population even existed. Since then, the team has collected hundreds of camera trap pictures of the Balkan lynx in both Macedonia and Albania, including evidence of reproduction.”

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