On Saturday, June 8, the Zagreb ZOO celebrated its 94th birthday and at the same time marked the International Lynx Day in cooperation with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and associations BIOM and WWF.
Zoo visitors had the opportunity to find out more about the biology of lynx and why the population in the Dinaric Mountains is endangered. In addition, LIFE Lynx team from the faculty presented the equipment and the methodology for monitoring the lynx population and the technique of identifying individuals based on the comparison of fur patterns. For the youngest, we prepared the game “Find the right lynx” whose goal was to link the drawings of the individuals with the same fur pattern just like researchers identify individuals from camera traps.
Associations WWF and BIOM presented their work in nature conservation, and BIOM emphasized the implementation of the LIFE Lynx project. Also, the LIFE Lynx documentary “Path of the lynx” was screened and the digital photo exhibition of photographs from camera traps was shown.
The day passed in the dynamic rhythm of discovering new insights about the lynx in Croatia. The visitors of the ZOO showed great interest in the conservation of the lynx population and the problematics of its endangeredness.