Balkan Lynx „Marko“ On The Air

Lynx lying on a sheet, is examined by three people

MES and the National Park staff members examine Balkan lynx „Marko“


This is a huge success for the lynx experts. So far, tracks in the snow, tufts of hair, taxidermised animals and photos have been the only proof that the Balkan lynx really exists. Balkan lynx “Marko”, how the research team named it, was again released to freedom immediately after the examination. Since then it roams the National Park freely and unflinchingly. The evaluation of the transmitted data of the first ten days shows that the technology is excellently suited to pursue the migration of this timid animal in the impassable territory. The researchers hope to gain important insight into the ecology of this highly endangered subspecies of the Eurasian Lynx. Knowledge about the current circulation and migration routes of the Balkan lynx is a prerequisite to take effective protection measurements like – for example – to designate in a more precise way the borders of the protected areas.

The Swiss organisation KORA (coordinated research organisation for large predators in Switzerland) oversees field studies from a scientific point of view, aiming at the condition and ecology of the Balkan lynx in the border area of Albania and Macedonia, and executes them with local Macedonian and Albanian project partners. The research results are an important contribution to the “Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme” (BLPR); a programme for the protection of the Balkan lynx carried out by EuroNatur in cooperation with its partner organisations KORA, MES and PPNEA (Preservation and Protection of Natural Environment in Albania).

Read more about EuroNatur’s activities to protect the Balkan lynx

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