2020 Edit: Venetie and Kaltag are no longer with us, but all information in the audio guide about Lynx is accurate.
Here we are at the lynx enclosure at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, home of Venetie & Kaltag.
Originally orphaned in 2004 from a forest fire in interior Alaska, three kittens were originally found. However, only the two females survived.
Both lynx spent a significant portion of time at the Anchorage Zoo for extended rehabilitation, and they have been at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center since 2011.
Your typical lynx in the state of Alaska is going to settle in around 35 pounds. However, their paws are their extreme distinguishing mark, as they can be similar in size to a 200 pound cougar or mountain lion’s paws.
It’s the extreme size of those pads and paws that allow lynx the flexibility to go into different environments and different eco-systems in the state of Alaska. They will use those paws to be able to maneuver in water, on rock, and it will almost resemble a snowshoe in enough snowpack.
Lynx in the wild predominantly rely on Snowshoe Hares for survival. The population of lynx actually coincides with the population of hare in the wild.
And while the populations of lynx in the wild tend to rely solely on wild hare, lynx in captivity tend to rely on horse meat as a staple portion of their diet.