Maya’s new necklace

In Macedonia’s Stogovo mountain range, nature conservationists have succeeded in catching a female Balkan lynx and fitting her with a tracking device. Scientists hope the data they gather will tell them more about this rare creature with its tufted ears so that they will be able protect it even more effectively in future.

It fits! Mayas tracking device © MES

The Balkan Lynx Recovery Team of the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES), one of EuroNatur’s partner organisations, was successful in its search for these shy hunters: a few days ago, conservationists caught Maya, a handsome female Balkan Lynx, in a box trap and fitted her with a GPS transmitter. After the transmission collar was successfully fitted, the animal was measured and had blood taken to be used in genetic research. Then it was all over and Maya was able to return to patrolling the forests of the Stogovo mountain range in western Macedonia.

Since then, the lynx protectors from MES have been able to follow her every step. Maya is just the fifth example of an endangered Balkan lynx to be fitted with a transmitter – and the first female. This is all the more pleasing as, in a best case scenario, Maya will be able to supply scientists with data on reproductive success and litter size; important factors in stabilising the population of these extremely rare cats.

EuroNatur and its partner organisations have been working together for many years now to protect the Balkan lynx, which is endangered mainly by poaching and habitat destruction. The data that Maya will supply in the future will increase our knowledge of the behaviour of this shy hunter and enable us to take even more effective action to protect it.

Do you want to help?

Donation

Europe's natural treasures are threatened. EuroNatur takes action. Support our work with your donation!

News

A Network for the White Stork

From 16 to 20 May 2017, the 14th conference of European Stork Villages was held in Poros, Greece ++ Storks, too, fall victim to poaching on their...

Hunt for images of the Balkan Green Belt

Nine photo competitions – one goal: the most beautiful photograph of the Balkan Green Belt! Nine of EuroNatur’s partner organisations in the states...

Pelicans eagerly breeding on Lake Skadar

The Dalmatian Pelicans on Lake Skadar are in the midst of their breeding season. Closely packed, the large birds are sitting on their nests – in the...

Dam project stopped for the present

++ Albanian Court stops dam project on the Vjosa ++ Success for nature conservation and affected residents ++

 

Scientists for Vjosa

++ 25 scientists from Austria, Albania, Germany and Slovenia research Europe’s last wild river for a week ++ Press conference held on river island ++

International support for natural paradise in Montenegro

European natural treasure still threatened in Montenegro – is protecting the Salina Ulcinj beyond the power of the Montenegrin government? +++ Nature...

Active for nature conservation in Europe for 30 years

Nature conservation foundation EuroNatur celebrates 30th anniversary +++ Ongoing efforts for Europe’s natural treasures

European Parliament discusses Sava River

++ Opportunities for and threats to one of the most valuable rivers of Europe ++ Unique potential for natural flood control identified

Handover of the Memorandum for Protection of the Primary Forest Heritage of Romania

Primary forests in Romania receive prominent support from all over the world. 200 scientists and forest ecology experts from 27 countries and three...

#SaveParadiseForests-Campaign: Activists stopp Wood Trucks

Agent Green activists, scientists and mountaineers stop logging trucks in Romania to raise alarm about paradise forest destruction +++ Forest...

Maya’s new necklace

In Macedonia’s Stogovo mountain range, nature conservationists have succeeded in catching a female Balkan lynx and fitting her with a tracking device....

Romania’s old-growth forests under imminent danger

EuroNatur and Agent Green raise the alarm: A bill is proposed to lower fines for illegal logging and destruction of primeval forests in Romania +++...

Albania: European Parliament demands national park for Vjosa and stop to hydropower projects

In the current Enlargement Report of the European Parliament, the Parliament explicitly criticizes the Albanian government in regards to its...

14 February 2017: A historic day for transboundary Prespa

The environmental NGOs urge the three littoral countries and the European Union to quickly move ahead with the operation of the transboundary Prespa...

New hope for Romania’s old-growth forests

Early this week Romanian Minister of Waters and Forests, Adriana Petcu, received a weighty petition from EuroNatur partner organisation Agent Green:...

By using our services, you agree that we use cookies. Data protection