Our two lynx kittens
have been named – thanks to members of the public.
The kittens, both girls, have been given the names, Lox and Kinsey following an online poll
Lox, which is old English for lynx, and Kinsey, the name of caves in Yorkshire where many lynx bones have been found, came top in the public vote.
Thousands of people across the country took part in the poll to name the kittens which are believed to be the first to be born in the UK this year.
Will Walker, Animal Manager, said: “We are delighted that so many people got involved in the vote and we are really pleased with the names they have chosen.”
Members of the public were invited to pick the names from a shortlist drawn up by keepers.
Will said the lynx kittens, born at the wildlife park 10 weeks ago, are both thriving and exploring their woodland home.
He said: “They are getting more inquisitive and bolder all the time and our visitors are really enjoying seeing them in their natural surroundings.”
The kittens, who live in Bear Wood
, are a great boost for the conservation breeding programme for this species, which once roamed wild in the UK.
Despite now being more adventurous, the pair are still under the watchful eye of first-time-mother Loka who is never too far away.
It will be 10 months before the kittens are independent and up to three years before they are fully mature.
It is around 1,000 years since lynx were last found in the wild in Britain but visitors to Bear Wood can see them as they would have once lived alongside European brown bears, wolverines and wolves.
Bear Wood, which is sponsored by Natracare
, is not only about what has been lost but protecting what remains inspiring people to value and safeguard native woodland habitats and species.
Today only two per cent of Britain’s ancient woodland has survived being cut down, and offers a vital habitat for a variety of native species.
Bristol Zoological Society has a dedicated UK Conservation team that run a variety of UK-based conservation programmes
including monitoring and protecting native species such as bats, badgers, birds, invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians.
Visitors to Bear Wood can discover some of its smaller residents with the help of expert rangers, and leave inspired about how we can care for our native wildlife for generations to come.
Following the lockdown, we have now reopened to the public with a host of additional health and safety measures in place including a timed ticketing system, one-way routes and extra hand washing facilities, to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.
Visitors are now asked to pre-purchase tickets, and members are asked to pre-book tickets in advance, online, here
Bristol Zoological Society, which operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project, is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work at Wild Place Project and Bristol Zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.
The Society recently launched an appeal to ensure the future of its work ‘saving wildlife together’. The Society, which is a registered charity, has launched the BZS Appeal following the temporary closure of both its sites in Bristol in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
To find out more, or to make a donation, visit https://bristolzoo.org.uk/bzsappeal
Featured image by keeper Nat; video by Holly Hill