About the object
The lynx is Europe's largest wildcat. Its features include long, black ear tufts, pronounced whiskers and a short tail with a black tip. It was once widespread in Central Europe. However, since the Middle Ages, the lynx has been hunted as a competitor of humans and exterminated in many areas. In the Black Forest, the last lynx was killed in 1770. Since the mid-20th century, attempts have been made in several regions to reintroduce the species, and occasionally there are sightings in the Black Forest. Despite these first successes, however, this wildcat is still on the Red List of Threatened species in Germany. The subadult animal originated from a game park and was prepared by the firm Schlüter-Biologie. It joined the collection in1997.