New Lynx Kitten Debuts at the Minnesota Zoo
Apple Valley, MN – August 9, 2012 - The Minnesota Zoo is excited to announce a new Canada lynx kitten on the Medtronic Minnesota Trail. The kitten will be on exhibit for a few hours each morning, beginning at 9 a.m.
The male lynx, born at the Minnesota Zoo on May 11, has been busy spending time nursing, growing, and bonding with mom. Now old enough to leave the den area, he is just starting to explore his new exhibit. While he adjusts to his new home, the quality of the viewing opportunities may vary depending on whether he chooses to be in the exhibit or in the den.
Canada lynx have dense silvery-brown coats, ruffed faces, and tufted ears. Their extra-thick fur and large snowshoe-like paws make them well-suited to cold habitat in northern forests. Snowshoe hare is the lynx’s primary food source. Unable to run for long distances, these skilled and patient hunters stalk and attack prey at close range.
Canada lynx are currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Minnesota Zoo’s kitten is an important addition to this species.