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More than three months have passed since our first translocated lynx Goru was released from quarantine enclosure in Loški Potok. In case Goru would have returned back, we left the doors of the enclosure open and inside the remains of a roe deer, his last meal before the release. Goru hasn’t returned and is successfully catching his own prey in the wild. But other forest animals have come to check the enclosure and it’s...

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Mišo, a transnational lynx

Mišo, a transnational lynx


Posted - Aug 13, 2019

We have been monitoring the male lynx Mišo since February 2018, when a Croatian hunter Mihajlo Kovačević captured him on camera at a wild boar feeding facility near Gomirje. After that, we repeatedly photographed Mišo using our camera traps in Gorski Kotar. In December 2018, Mišo was photographed three times in Slovenia in Snežnik area, about 65 km away from the area in Croatia where we recorded it for the first time. Male lynx like...

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At the International Lynx Day, LIFE Lynx project organized a field excursion to lynx habitat for the regional summer programme »Summer in Kočevski Rog«. We visited a piece of the core lynx area, where we photographed a female lynx with kittens and another adult lynx, probably a male. The participants learned what kind of locations are the best for setting up a camera trap for lynx; rocky walls and ridges. We explained how we can...

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Lynx dating

Lynx dating


Posted - Jul 22, 2019

It looks like that our Romanian male lynx Goru has found his territory on Mala gora and maybe also his mate. He met a female lynx Teja, and it looks like they have met more than once. Their radio collar data shows that they first met on June the 1st, that is the first day Goru entered Teja’s territory. Their locations show that they’ve spent 3 days close to one another. Their second “date” was just after 4 days, when again...

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Janez Čop, biologist and hunter, was the head of Hunting Department of the Slovenian Institute for Forestry and Timber Economy (today Slovenian Forestry Institute) and one of major players in lynx reintroduction in Slovenia in 1973. After the lynx reintroduction, he carefully monitored their dispersal and presented his findings in scientific literature and at international symposiums, which brought the story of a successful lynx...

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During late May and early June our team hiked for almost 100km of mountain routes, from Mašun to Babno Polje in Slovenia, and from Prezid to Crni Lug in Croatia. Our hiking routes marked the beginning of the “Lynx walk”, a thematic guide for mountaineers and nature lovers. “Lynx walk” will bring a unique nature feeling and re-tell a story of the lynx, its ecology, and specifics on Dinaric population. Thematic...

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To engage art-oriented people in lynx conservation, art workshop will be organized, from August 30th to September 1st, at the Tourism Jure in Dolenje poljane (Stari trg pri Ložu). Artwork will be created in the heart of nature, under the supervision of the academic painter, Karmen Bajec.  Participants will learn how to design animal figures and paint motifs from nature, while at the same time members of the project team will give...

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In the last two months, we’ve implemented several successful project activities such as translocation of two lynx from Romania to Dinaric forests. Together with hunters, we’ve collected video materials of lynx presence in Dinaric forests. In order to involve and share this experience, and consult about project activities and results with local inhabitants, we’ve implemented the second circle of local consultative...

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Goru and Doru, the first two of 14 lynx that will be included in the Dinaric- SE Alpine lynx population in the scope of LIFE Lynx project are exploring their new environment. Both are equipped with radio collars, which send us information about their locations. Right now, both lynx are in Slovenia. Their paths haven’t crossed (yet), but they have managed to cross the Slovenian-Croatian national border a few times. This show how...

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Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Bucharest is a strong supporter of the LIFE Lynx project. On the occasion of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Slovenia, His Excellency Ambassador Mihael Zupančič hosted a reception at Hilton Athenee Palace in Bucharest. His Excellency Ambassador in his speech mentioned the LIFE Lynx project as an example of good cooperation between Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Slovakia and Romania developed for...

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For the first time, systematic lynx monitoring with camera traps was conducted in Slovenian Dinaric mountains. Monitoring lasted from August 2018 to April 2019 in the scope of three different projects. Collaboration of hunters was essential for a successful implementation of the monitoring; together with 63 hunters from 35 hunting grounds we set up 191 camera traps! The cameras recorded lynx at 34 locations in 14 hunting grounds. They...

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