Balkan lynx – exciting news from the field

What a thrilling moment! Our friends from the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES) share this photo of Lisa, a radio-collared Balkan lynx in Mavrovo National Park.

Lisa - the radio-collared Balkan Lynx in Mavrovo National Park, North Macedonia © BA

 “These days we received wonderful pictures from Lisa, a healthy individual, around 7 years of age,” states Dime Melovski from the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES). Pictures of Lisa were taken by a local inhabitant of Mavrovo village. Lisa is the third radio-collared female lynx and the ninth different lynx individual captured within the research activities that MES has been systematically implementing since 2010.

Radio-telemetry and GPS-tracking help the organisation to monitor the animal, aiming to aquire better knowledge about the ecology and biology of the species. MES’s long-term field research suggests that the Balkan hosts about 40 adult Balkan lynx individuals, which, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), makes it a critically endangered animal.

Such success is a result of the fruitful cooperation with Mavrovo National Park and the help of associates and volunteers during the lynx monitoring activities. 

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