New blood for lynxes on the Balkans

Three lynxes caught by camera trap in Albania and Macedonia

On the catwalk: The photo of the camera trap shows a very rare Balkan lynx in the Albanian Alps. © PPNEA
Nightly drink: This Balkan lynx leads her offspring to a watering hole in the Macedonian Jablanica Mountains. © MES

Conservationists in Albania and Macedonia are overjoyed: At the beginning of November, lynxes were sighted almost at the same time in the two countries, namely in the Albanian Alps and the area of Jablanica in Macedonia. The sighting in Macedonia is especially pleasing: A camera trap there caught a female and her offspring on tape. “These are very good news”, says EuroNatur project manager Mareike Brix. Up to now, there was no significant proof of a lynx population. A female lynx usually settles when having pups – the photos are a first sign of a long-lasting presence of lynxes in this region of the Albanian and Macedonian border. “Let us hope the young pups will remain in Jablanica once they’re fully-grown”, says Gjorge Ivanov from the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES), the local partnering organisation of EuroNatur.

Beyond the border and further north, Bledi Hoxha from the Albanian nature protection organisation PPNEA, is delighted about the second detection of a lynx in the Albanian Alps. The lynx was photographed in the Nikaj-Mertur area, in the southern parts of the Albanian Alps. After a field guide managed to take a picture of a lynx in the surrounding area in 2014, camera traps were set up in May and June this year all over the area – as lynxes can cover a long distance. At the beginning of November, the cameras were evaluated. “The results were fantastic”, said Bledi Hoxha.

Studying lynxes with the help of camera traps is an essential part of the Balkan lynx project by EuroNatur und their partnering organisations KORA (Switzerland), PPNEA and MES on site. Balkan lynxes are in acute danger of extinction; EuroNatur project manager Mareike Brix believes that there are less than 50 Balkan lynxes left overall. Securing the survival of lynxes and protecting their last habitats is one of the core areas of EuroNatur’s work.

Do you want to help?

Donation

Future needs nature. EuroNatur cares for it. Please use your possibilities to help. With your donation you will make an effective contribution to a more livable environment.

News

Scandalous deforestation in Romania revealed

The third episode of the investigative documentary series "Out of Control" reveals that the destruction of forests in the Romanian Cheile...

Another victory for the “Brave Women of Kruščica”

++ Women block bridge in Bosnia-Herzegovina for over a year to protect their river ++ New attempt by the investor to vacate the bridge has been...

Slovenian section of the Mur river becomes a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Good news for Central Europe's largest river landscape: UNESCO has acknowledged 29,000 hectares of floodplain of the Slovenian Mur river as a...

Illegal construction works in Valbona-National Park are still going on

Charade of Justice in Albania: Different courts mutually cancel their decisions in the case of the planned power plant Dragobia. The suffering ones...

Re-introduction of Cinereous Vultures in Bulgaria

Three young cinereous vultures are about to be released in the wild. In the eastern part of the Balkan range, our partners of Green Balkans and Fund...

Nature photo safari

Sunbathing seals, ruffs in combative mood and a delicate coming-together of common blue butterflies: 892 nature enthusiasts set out on a photographic...

Award for a River Conservationist with Passion

++ 2018 EuroNatur Award goes to Roberto Epple ++ Founding President of the European Rivers Network has devoted himself for decades to the wild rivers...

Blue Heart in the European Parliament

On Wednesday 27th June, there was a screening of the documentary film “Blue Heart” in the European Parliament in Brussels. In the subsequent debate...

Four years of successful white stork conservation

The project to preserve wet meadows and pastures has delivered great success for the white storks of Europe over the past four years. This project,...

Over 120.000 signatures against hydropower in the Balkans

++ Petition against the financing of dam projects in the Balkans signed by more than 120,000 people ++ Petition handed over to the EBRD in London...

Construction stop of hydropower plant in Valbona Valley

There is hopeful news regarding the Albanian Valbona River: The Administrative Appeals Court in Tirana ruled to stop immediately all the construction...

Bern Convention visits Vjosa in Albania

Representatives of the Bern Convention visited the Vjosa in order to investigate to which extent plans for hydropower development are jeopardizing the...

Historic Rapprochement between Macedonia and Greece

The name dispute over Macedonia could soon be a thing of the past.

Brave women of Kruščica win court case against dam construction

A major court victory has been won by a group of activists protecting their community and river from the threat of new dam construction.

Promises, promises…Yet another one broken by the Montenegrin government over Ulcinj Salina

++ Nature conservation organisations launch international petition ++ Demand for the immediate protection of the Ulcinj Salina in Montenegro ++...

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