Joy of motherhood for Maya

Great news from Macedonia: a baby Balkan lynx has been born! This is the first time scientists have succeeded in taking pictures of lynx young, since EuroNatur and its partners began their conservation work. The latest offspring to be born gives us grounds for hope that this endangered species could once again be in a position to expand.

A cuddly glimmer of hope: Maya's offspring

© Panajot Chorovski/MES

Today fewer than 50 Balkan lynx range across the mountain forests of the western Balkans. In February 2017, scientists from EuroNatur’s Macedonian partner organisation MES fitted Maya, a female lynx, with a tracking device so that they could find out more about this rare cat’s behaviour and protect it more effectively. The GPS data from this has now led conservationists to Maya’s den near the perimeter of the Mavrovo national park. Here they came across a healthy baby lynx. The Macedonian national park is one of only two areas up to now where scientists have found evidence of Balkan lynx successfully rearing young.

"It is a great thing to be able to see this baby lynx, hale and hearty,” says Panajot Chorovski, who is visibly moved by the sight. A local hunter himself, he really knows his way around the area and is proud to have taken the first photos of the lynx offspring. And as a representative of the local hunting club, Panajot is working in close cooperation with conservationists from MES. They are all now hoping to be able to gain further information about the way these shy cats rear their young.

 

Find out more about EuroNatur's work to protect the Balkan lynx in this video

Please donate for Lynxes in Europe

News

New Brown bear project just started

An important step for the protection of the Dinaric-Pindos bear population: In close cooperation with our partners in the Balkans and the Italian…

Mother bear murdered in Montenegro

Poachers in Montenegro have shot dead the mother of two young brown bear cubs - a particularly dramatic case of wildlife crime, which has seen a…

Wolf population in West Poland still not secure despite growth in numbers

A long-term study on the spread of wolves into West Poland, which has just been published, makes clear that, despite the continuing growth in numbers…

Boom in illegal trade in animals in Albania

Despite a ban on hunting, numerous wild animals are being killed or traded in Albania; stuffed Balkan lynx, brown bears in cages, wild game on the…

“Bear Killer Gang” sentenced

In northern Spain, members of an organised group of poachers from the province of Palencia were convicted - an important success for bear protection.

Female Balkan lynx fitted with tracking device

Our partners from the North Macedonian nature conservation organisation MES have fitted a Balkan lynx with a tracking device. The female, named…

EU becomes active for Romania's primeval forests

EU announces legal action against Romania for illegal logging of Europe’s last natural forests.

 

ECJ Judgement: No Relaxation of Protection for Wolves

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has placed very tight constraints on the granting of permits allowing wolves to be shot. In their ruling on 10…

New home in Croatia for Romanian lynx

Doru, a four-year-old lynx from the Romanian Carpathians, has been released back into the wild in the Risnjak National Park in Croatia. Doru is the…

Reunited with Maya

On 18 March last year, a female Balkan lynx called Maya was fitted with a tracking device. Over the past year, this has been providing scientists from…

Mavrovo-Nationalpark: Demand for a halt to construction of hydroelectric power plants

Bern Convention: Macedonian government requested to halt construction of hydropower plants in national park

Ray of hope for Balkan Lynx

The Balkan Lynx has to be strictly protected as a distinct subspecies of the Eurasian Lynx. This decision has been adopted unanimously at the meeting…

New blood for lynxes on the Balkans

Three lynxes caught by camera trap in Albania and Macedonia

Joy of motherhood for Maya

Great news from Macedonia: a baby Balkan lynx has been born! This is the first time scientists have succeeded in taking pictures of lynx young, since…

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.…