Wildwood Zoo

Meet the Canada Lynx at Wildwood Zoo

 Canada Lynx

We have two lynx here at Wildwood Zoo.

Kiki is a male lynx born May 19th, 2001 at Wildwood Wildlife Park in Minocqua, Wisconsin. Kiki is very inquisitive and outgoing.  He likes to chase around toys and smell perfume. Some of his favorites are "Chicken in a Box" and boomer balls sprayed with perfume. The best time to see Kiki playing with toys is during the summer ed-zoo-cational talks on his enrichment. However, he is given toys frequently as part of his daily enrichment and you never know when or what he may be playing with next.

You may see Kiki urinating a lot in his pen.  He is actually “spraying”.  Lynx, bobcats, and even domestic cats will spray all over an area to mark it as their territory.

Did you know Kiki's enclosure offers unique viewing with windows displaying the inside parts of his enclosure? This allows visitors to see what Kiki is up to and what behind the scene areas look like at a zoo. Kiki is usually napping when he is inside so we do ask that you do not hit the windows and disturb him.

We also ask that you do not hit the Plexiglas front of his cage.  Kiki does get irritated and will occasionally swat back at visitors. He also enjoys lying right in front of the Plexiglas and we want to keep this a comfortable spot for him.

We also have a female lynx that arrived in March of 2010.  Her name is Lexi, a name chosen for her by school children attending the spring education programs in April. 


Canada Lynx are short-tailed, long-legged wildcats.  They weigh 15-35 pounds and stand about 2 feet tall (about the same height as a Golden Retriever).  Lynx are federally threatened animals.  Several lynx sightings have been reported in northern Wisconsin .  Biologists are uncertain as to whether or not lynx are breeding in Wisconsin .  The main source of prey for lynx is snowshoe hare.  On average, a lynx kills one snowshoe hare every other night (which means they eat 150-200 snowshoe hares per year)!

If snowshoe hare are hard to find, lynx will also eat rodents, birds, fish, and weak or sick deer.  Here at the zoo the lynx are fed chicken, venison, and carnivore loaf (looks like ground up hamburger).

Lynx are usually solitary animals except for mating season in February and March.  Pregnancy lasts 8 to 10 weeks.  Two or three kitten are a typical litter.  A newborn kitten is born helpless but with lots of fur to keep it warm.  They weigh only 200 grams at birth - about the size of a bar of soap!  The mother will nurse her young for about 5 months.  They may begin to eat some meat at one month old.  

The mother will teach them to hunt and they will stay with her for 11 months.  After leaving their mother the siblings will sometimes stay together for a while.  Females can reach sexual maturity at 21 moths and males at 33 months.  A female will only have one litter a year.  

In the wild the average lifespan of a lynx is 10 to 15 years.  In captivity they can live up to 26 years.

 Lynx have great eyesight and can see a mouse from 250 feet away!


Canada Lynx Range in North America 
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For more information, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.



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