Canada Lynx​: here’s the scoop


The lynx’s most important requirements are snow, space, snowshoe hares, and habitat connectivity. All of these elements are threatened by climate change and various human activities.

Committed to Conservation

The Buttonwood Park Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan (SSP) for Canada Lynx. The goal of the SSP is to cooperatively manage animal populations within AZA accredited zoos to ensure the sustainability of a healthy and genetically diverse population while enhancing the conservation of this species in the wild.

Insider Info


Canada Lynx

Scientific name

Lynx canadensis


Boreal forests with dense undergrowth that coincide with snowshoe hare populations.


Carnivorous. Snowshoe hares make up 60-97% of the lynx diet, with an average consumption rate of one hare every 1-2 days. Lynx may also eat rodents, birds, and small deer.

life expectancy

15 – 20 years

Did you know?

With its exceptionally large feet and long hind legs, the lynx is highly adapted to hunting its primary prey, the snowshoe hare in deep, powdery snow.


Lynx occur throughout most of mainland Alaska and occupy 95% of their historic range in Canada. In the United States, lynx historically occurred in 24 states which now may be closer to 14 states.

Conservation status

Least Concern, however they are listed as Threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Widespread and abundant