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Buffalo Zoo welcomes Canada lynx


Fri, Feb 16th 2018 06:20 pm
The Buffalo Zoo has announced the introduction this weekend and through winter break of two female Canada lynx to the Garman Family Arctic Edge presented by TOPS Friendly Markets.
The sisters, named Rosie and Hazel, come to the Buffalo Zoo from the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where they were born April 26, 2017. The two 10-month-old lynx arrived in late November and, after successful completion of health quarantine, are now ready to explore their new habitat.
Native to Canada and the Northern U.S., the Canada lynx is a medium-sized cat similar to a bobcat. They have long ear tufts and large paws that function like snowshoes in very deep snow. Canada Lynx have extremely thick, light brown or gray fur with light black spots and live in dense forests where their main prey, the snowshoe hare, is found. These cats are so dependent on the snowshoe hare for survival that, should the snowshoe hare population fluctuate, so too will the population of the Canada lynx.
"We are very excited to welcome these two to Buffalo," said Tiffany Vanderwerf, chief conservation officer. "This species of lynx is a great representation of arctic animals found in North America. Although wild populations are doing well throughout most of Canada, their numbers are threatened in the United States and critically imperiled in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Our aim at the zoo is to help our guests explore local and global wildlife and encourage them to take action to save them."
Canada lynx are a new species for the Buffalo Zoo and will take their place in the lynx exhibit at Arctic Edge, 300 Parkside Ave., Buffalo.
Buffalo Zoo guests are reminded that admission to the venue is $5 every day through the end of February as part of the Polar Bear Days winter promotion.

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