Posts Tagged "C.5 Surveillance and Directed Management"


Volunteers and interns are very valuable part of the LIFE Lynx team. Besides working with students and volunteers from our own countries, we are keen on cooperating with students from other countries, to share our expertise and knowledge outside of country borders of LIFE Lynx partner countries. During the last year, Beatrice Caimi, student from the University of Milano, joined Croatian LIFE Lynx team and used monitoring data to...

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A local hunter sent us a video of a female lynx with three playful kittens. Our team recognized her as a resident female lynx, offspring of Romanian lynx Goru and local female Teja. She was born in 2020, in the same year as lynx Niko, and later on established her territory in the area of Mala Gora and Suha Krajina (Slovenia). From the camera trapping monitoring, we know that Goru is one of the most successful translocated lynx if not...

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On Friday, July 21, 2023, in the area of ​​the ‘Ričićko bilo’ hunting ground (Primorsko-goranska county, Croatia) the fourth and last resident male lynx was successfully captured and fitted with a satellite collar as part of the LIFE Lynx project. The lynx was named Slavko and we’ve known him since December 2021, when we first photographed him with camera-traps. At the end of August, the first data from his collar...

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Lynxes reproduce once a year and kittens are born in late May and during July. On camera traps we start capturing them from the late summer, early autumn. As this period of the year is approaching, we made an overview of lynx reproduction in Croatia in the past season. Season 2022-23 started fantastic. Already on July 18, 2022 we got our first photograph of lynx kittens. Female Eva was captured on marking spot near Crni Lug with two...

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The last lynx, translocated and released in the scope of the LIFE Lynx project was Sneška. She is an adult female, captured in Slovakia and released in forests of Snežnik Mountain, hence the name, Sneška, given to her by the members of Local Consultative Groups. After the release, Sneška explored the area between Loški Potok and Ribnica, around Velika gora but left it after about two months, headed north and is now moving in the area...

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A good understanding of the status of a threatened population, such as the Dinaric lynx, is crucial for its conservation and management. We have been monitoring the lynx in Slovenia and Croatia with camera traps in a coordinated way since 2018 and we publish the results of this effort annually. However, we limit usually the results to the minimum population size, i.e. the number of adult lynx identified on camera trap recordings,...

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Last month we reported on recollaring female Petra, where we confirmed her pregnancy through an ultrasound inspection. A month later, we are now happy to confirm that Petra has successfully given birth to two heathy kittens.  At 4 weeks old, both kittens seem to be in good physical condition, weighing 1.1 and 1.2 kg. In order to gather more information about the kittens, we collected genetic samples, which will help us determine the...

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Surprising movements of lynx Lukaš

Surprising movements of lynx Lukaš


Posted - Jun 16, 2023

Lukaš is the last lynx released in the Gorenjska region within the LIFE Lynx project. We released him in the middle of April in the forests of Jelovica, with a wish to bring a new male to the female Aida. However, Lukaš chose a different path and soon after his release, he headed towards Dražgoše and then on past Kranj and set off to explore the Karavanke Mountains. He first stayed in the area of Storžič, then went to the other side...

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Valentina is the offspring of Goru, an adult lynx that established its territory in the area of Mala Gora near Ribnica, and Teja, a territorial female from the same area. Valentina has been monitored by telemetry since February last year, when members of the LIFE Lynx team from the Biotechnical faculty captured two young lynx sisters, Valentina and Neža, in one day. During Valentina’s path towards adulthood, it seemed that she...

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Kras, the last lynx released in Croatia with the aim of increasing the genetic diversity of the Dinaric population, started exploring his new home shortly after his release. The first set of data obtained from the telemetry collar shows that within the first two weeks, Kras crossed the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but soon returned to the area of ​​the Plitvice National Park, near the release site. Soon after, he changed his...

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In April 2023, the LIFE Lynx project team, led by the Department of Forestry from the University of Ljubljana and ZOO Ljubljana, successfully recaptured the resident female lynx Petra and fitted her with a new collar. We have been tracking Petra since spring of 2021. A few months after her capture, she gave birth to four male kittens, including lynx Bor, who was later fitted with a collar as well. In December 2022, Petra’s collar...

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