"The Return of Lynx to Northwestern Poland"

The project is implemented by the Western Pomeranian Nature Society together with the Mammal Research Institute of the Polish Acadamy of Sciences in Białowieża and the Cultural Center in Miroslawiec


In visits to Rózia


Rózia came to the Wild Farm in Jabłonowo at the end of 2015. She came to us from the zoo in Zamość. One of the assumptions we made in the project was to obtain lynxes, inter alia, through the reproduction of individuals. As it turned out later, it is much more difficult to breed a lynx in captivity than in the wild.

In the Dzika Zagroda, we built enclosures for lynxes that were to resemble the natural environment of these predators. Tall grass, hollow huge stumps and heaps of branches were perfect for hiding places, which Rózia willing to use. She was very secretive, her caretakers initially saw her very rarely, and even if she showed up somewhere, she usually fled. Some time later, in 2016, we brought another lynx male from the Wrocław zoo to Zagroda. After a period of adaptation in a new place, he was paired with Rózia. Unfortunately, despite the heat season and successful "dates" of these two, the kitten did not have any offspring. After almost two years, she was transported to an adaptation farm in Dłusko, away from the curious eyes of tourists, in the hope that perhaps peace will allow her to develop all her instincts. We paired with her another male lynx, but withuth breeding succes. We decited to release her to the nature in end of 2019. Rysica settled her place in the Drawski Training Ground. It turned out to be a good decision, because in early 2020 telemetry data from the collar indicated that its district crossed the Simba district - an adult male (Cleo's son). Moreover, telemetry data from both collars indicated that the two had met, and the points on the map overlapped. Our first meeting with Rózia in the wild took place in the summer of the same year. During a routine inspection, a field terrain worker noticed a 3 cubs! Rózia successfully hid with the young for a long time, and her observation in the terrain was practically impossible. Another sighting took place at the end of the year, when a photographer and nature lover met her by chance. Thanks to the photos taken by him (photo below), the number of kittens was confirmed (3) and we could assess the condition of the lynx family, which was surprisingly good. The mother and her young stayed in her district and, contrary to appearances, they were not disturbed by the roar of shots and the roar of military car engines. Recently, during the routine monitoring of lynx in the field, we received a text message with the location of Rózia, being in the area it would be a pity not to take advantage of such an opportunity, we went to the indicated place with the hope that we would finally see her. What was our surprise when we found her, the kittens and ... someone else - the mysterious lynx! We started betting at random on what kind of cat it was. The choice fell on Simba, although it was almost impossible to check, because for some time the GPS signal from his collar stopped transmitting about its location to our database, but ... VHF worked (each collar has an individual number of radio waves)! Using a receiver with an antenna (a special device for capturing waves), we were able to determine that it was him! It is very interesting, even though the kittens were born last year, there is a chance that she is taking care of them! The whole cat's "family" is doing well. Perhaps this year Simba will also become the father of Rózi's kittens? We will be watching them closely!

In visits to Rózia