Meet the lynx brothers!
TWO CANADA LYNX BROTHERS FIND NEW HOME AT NORTHWEST TREK WILDLIFE PARK
There are two new Canada lynx brothers in town.
The 15-month-old cats, Sherman and Omak, arrived at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in mid-June from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado, where they were born and have lived since they were kittens.
“We’re excited to offer our visitors an up close look at a species that’s not often seen in the wild,” zoological curator Heidi Hellmuth said.
Lynx are extremely rare in Washington and are usually visible only when snowshoe hare populations farther north are declining. The cats are considered a threatened species in the U.S. and in Washington state, with fewer than 100 thought to be living in the wild in Washington.
Hellmuth predicted that Sherman and Omak will become visitor favorites. “They love to stalk and pounce on each other,” Hellmuth said. “They are very curious and will love exploring their new lush, forested home.”
The brothers underwent routine physicals and received four vaccinations last week in preparation for their public debut this weekend. Sherman weighed in at 23 pounds while Omak was 25 pounds. Male lynx in the wild may reach up to 30 pounds or more.
The lynx brothers will rotate on public exhibit with a third lynx. A fourth lynx lives behind the scenes.