The lynx is a solitary cat which lives in the remote forests of northern Europe, Asia, and North America. The name “lynx” originated from a Greek word meaning “light” or “brightness”, presumably in reference to the luminescence of the lynx’s reflective eyes.
There are three sub-species of lynx. The Eurasian Lynx (sometimes called the Siberian Lynx) is native to European and Siberian forests. The Canadian Lynx is native to the forests and tundra regions of Canada and Alaska, as well as the Rocky Mountains of the United State. The Iberian Lynx is native to the Iberian Peninsula in Southern Europe and is the most endangered cat species in the world.
The lynx’s life expectancy is between 10 and 15 years in the wild and around 20 years in captivity.