Nan is a female Siberian Lynx (Lynx lynx), born April 21, 2012. She came to the Foundation to be an ambassador of her species, as well as to join our animal behavior and enrichment program.

Due to ongoing debate about reclassification of the Lynx species, there are many subspecies grouped in with the Eurasian Lynx, including the Siberian Lynx. The more common subspecies are:
Lynx lynx lynx, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Western Siberia
Lynx lynx carpathicus, Carpathian Mountains, Central Europe
Lynx lynx martinoi, Balkans
Lynx lynx dinniki, Caucasus
Lynx lynx wardi, Altai Mountains
Lynx lynx wrangeli, Eastern Siberia
Lynx lynx isabellinus, Central Asia
Lynx lynx kozlovi, Central Siberia
Lynx lynx stroganovi, Amur region
Lynx lynx sardiniae, Sardinia

The Siberian lynx is the largest of the lynx species. The lynx has relatively long legs, and large feet which provide a “snowshoe effect” for more efficient travel through deep snow. In winter, the fur grows very densely on the bottom of the feet. The coat is grayish with a tint varying from rusty to yellowish. The coat pattern with a bright reddish tint, with heavy spotting, is seen most frequently in the south-western part of the lynx’s habitat range. The last 2 inches of the tail are black. Their ears are tipped with long prominent black tufts. There are three main coat patterns: spotted, striped, and solid.

The main prey of the lynx is small hoofed animals, particularly roe deer, chamois and musk deer. The lynx will generally only take small prey when hoofed animals are scarce, and is capable of killing prey 3-4 times its own size. lynx stalk their prey from behind thick vegetation before pouncing down unsuspected. Their catch is dragged back within the thick vegetation to be eaten, or saved for later.

Lynx are associated primarily with forested areas which have good populations of hoofed animals. The Siberian lynx has one of the widest ranges of all cat species, with approximately 75% of the range within the borders of Russia. They are solitary animals, they are territorial and do not usually move far from their own turf except during breeding once a year, normally in February and March. Though they share their habitat with brown bears and gray wolves, they coexist peacefully because bears are omnivorous and gray wolves hunt different prey.

Siberian Lynx Trivia: Lynx eyesight is excellent – they can spot a mouse 250 feet away!

Siberian Lynx Statistics:

Body Size 31 – 43 inches long, 26 – 30 inches tall
Weight 33 – 64 lbs
Gestation Period 67 – 74 days
Litter Size 2 – 3 kittens
Life Span 2 – 4 years in the wild, up to 10 years in captivity