First two lynxes released into nature in Slovenian Alps, three more to go

Posted - Apr 26, 2021

Today the first two lynxes, named Zois and Aida were released from the quarantine enclosure in Gorenjska region (North-West region of Slovenia). Together, nine lynxes were already released in the scope of the LIFE Lynx project in the Dinaric-SE Alpine lynx population. On Wednesday, April 28, three more will be released in Triglav National Park.

Translocation of lynxes to Gorenjska region was a big challenge for the LIFE Lynx project since there were no lynx reproductions recorded in this area from the beginning of the 20th century. The Gorenjska region lies in the junction of the Dinaric and Alpine mountains. The animals released there are important for the long-term survival of the population of lynx in the Dinarides and for the connection with the lynxes in the Alps (Italy, Austria, and Switzerland).

Here are some impression from the release.

Press conference at the release. Photo: Maja Sever, LIFE Lynx

Local hunters opened the doors of the enclosure. Photo: Janez Tarman

Lynx Aida out of the enclosure. Photo: Janez Tarman

Lynx Zois’ first steps in Slovenian forests. Photo: Janez Tarman