There are four species of lynx, of which the Eurasian lynx is the largest in size and the Bobcat is on average the smallest. However there are considerable variations within the four species.
Lynxes have a short tail, characteristic tufts of black hair on the tips of their ears, large, padded paws for walking on snow and long whiskers on the face. Under their neck, they have a ruff, which has black bars resembling a bow tie, although this is often not visible.
Body colour varies from medium brown to goldish to beige/white and is occasionally marked with dark brown spots, especially on the limbs. All species of lynx have white fur on their chests, bellies and on the insides of their legs.
The lynx’s colouring, fur length and paw size vary according to the climate in their range. In the Southwestern United States, they are short-haired, dark in colour and their paws are smaller and less padded. As climates get colder and more northerly, lynx have progressively thicker fur, lighter colour, and their paws are larger and more padded to adapt to the snow. Their paws can be larger than a human hand or foot!
They inhabit high altitude forests with dense cover of shrubs, reeds, and tall grass. Although this cat hunts on the ground, they can climb trees and can swim swiftly, catching fish. Lynxes are usually solitary, although a small group of lynx may travel and hunt together occasionally.
Most lynx range in size from about 80-120cm long, without the 10-20cm tail and stand about 60cm tall at the shoulder. Their weights range from 7-30kg for males and with the females being much smaller at 7-14kg.
This stunningly beautiful cat is majestic, powerful and mysterious. This cat’s presence on any set will be breathtaking. This cat is suited for a variety of filmic themes due to its appearance. It’s a glamorous looking animal but is wild by nature and requires expert handling.
The lynx would be an interesting cat to align with a brand; the cat has a prominent role in Greek, Norse, and North American mythology. They are considered an elusive and mysterious creature, known in some Native American traditions as a “keeper of secrets”.
They are also believed to have supernatural eyesight, capable of seeing through solid objects. As a result, they often symbolise the unravelling of hidden truths, and the psychic power of clairvoyance. Lynx is also the name of a constellation in the northern sky, adding to the wanderlust often associated with the animal.
We supply professional animal location handlers around the world to ensure you get all the shots you require and, as overseers to ensure the wild is not disturbed, the crew will always be safe and no welfare regulations are ever breached.
It isn’t just the animals that are well trained, our team including our handlers are also highly experienced and fully qualified experts in the field.
Your handler will take full control of any animals on set and ensure the entire shoot runs properly. They will also fully manage the welfare of all the animals both on and off set; the safety and welfare of the animals is their prime concern. All of our handling is strictly force-free and only positive, reward based practices are deployed. This way you can have total confidence that by booking With The Animal Talent everything is taken care of legally, professionally and ethically.
The Performing Animals Licence is no longer relevant (it was scrapped in 2019) and has been replaced with the Animal Activity Licence, which we hold.
Our lynxes are covered by a £10 million Public Liability Insurance policy.
The lynx is a nocturnal animal and we do our best to preserve an animal’s natural habits. For this reason, we prefer to film in waking hours.
A DWA licence is required for handling the lynx and therefore strict transportation and set guidelines will apply.
If any species of animal listed under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act are required, special measures will need to be put into place for the shoot. Precisely what is appropriate will vary species to species, but may include sectioned off areas where only trained handlers are allowed. In the event of large and dangerous carnivores, a specifically built green screen studio can also be supplied.