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New animal provides the missing lynx

 

Last updated 8/6/2020 at 11:38pm

Tashi, a Eurasian lynx, is the newest animal ambassador at Wild Wonders in Bonsall.

BONSALL – The newest animal in residence at Wild Wonders in Bonsall is a link to how scientists are solving an overpopulation problem on the other side of the Atlantic.

It's been over 700 years since a Eurasian lynx has been seen in Scottish forests. That loss may be about to change via a well-planned reintroduction program to bring the apex predator back into remote areas.

Biologists and wildlife conservationists are working with locals so that they understand that the lynx is a natural solution to a real problem of a roe deer population that has been spiraling out of control and creating significant environmental impacts.

This variety of lynx once roamed throughout northern Europe and down through the mountains of Tibet. Habitat loss and being hunted for its coat almost wiped out the entire species. Previous reintroduction programs have been successful elsewhere in Europe, and small populations are taking hold.

Tashi, a Eurasian lynx ambassador, helps Wild Wonders educate the public about his species and their challenges. Through on-site experiences and virtual safari education programs, visitors and viewers learn not only about the animals themselves, but the ongoing conservation efforts to keep them safe in their natural environments.

Tashi can be seen in the Cat Education 101 animal experience at Wild Wonders which is open for tours. Out of an overabundance of concern for everyone's health, no children under 5 or people with underlying medical conditions are allowed to visit at this time.

People 65 and over may want to consider visiting at a later date or choosing a virtual safari instead. Safety protocols, along with tour information, are available at https://wildwonders.org/.

For more information, contact Jackie Navarro at 760-630-9230 or http://[email protected].

Submitted by Wild Wonders.

 

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