Gayle Anderson was live in Sylmar at the Wildlife Learning Center, which is inviting folks to learn about its Animal Of The Month: the lynx.
Gayle Anderson was live in Sylmar at the Wildlife Learning Center, which is inviting folks to learn about its Animal Of The Month: the lynx. The Canadian lynx is a relatively small wild animal that typically weighs between 15 and 25 pounds. On average, males weigh slightly more than females. The largest populations of Canadian lynx are found throughout Canada, in western Montana, and in nearby parts of Idaho and Washington. There are small populations in New England and Utah and possibly Oregon, Wyoming, and Colorado. Lynx usually live in mature forests with dense undergrowth but can also be found in more open forests, rocky areas, or tundra.
Lynx are adapted for a cold, northern climate and develop a thick winter coat. They have large furry paws that help to distribute their weight and prevent them from sinking when moving across soft snow. Canadian lynx are strict carnivores and only eat meat, such as the snowshoe hares.
Although similar to Bobcats, Lynx have different physical characteristics. The Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota offers the following ways to distinguish between the two. A Lynx’s tail has a black tip all around, giving the impression of being dipped in ink. In contrast, a Bobcat’s tail is striped with black bands towards the end and has a black tip. Lynx also have longer ear tufts and much larger feet than Bobcats. Although not a physical characteristic, Bobcats are more aggressive and can be found throughout the United States.
The Wildlife Learning Center rescues wildlife and educates the public about the environment through onsite and outreach programs such as school assemblies, classroom visits, educational birthday parties, children’s parties, animal parties, reptile parties, animal shows, summer camps, and winter camps. WLC currently cares for over 200 individual rescued animals.
The Center’s outreach programs serve the greater Los Angeles area including Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Sylmar, San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, Valencia, Granada Hills, Northridge, Reseda, Nan Nuys, North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, Glendale, Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Malibu.
By the way, WLC is looking for generous donors to help purchase a heated structure for its rescued Macaws that will be equipped with misters, lights, and ventilation. The WLC’s Macaws need this heated enclosure for their night quarters and for cold days.
WLC is open 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for children (13 and under), seniors and veterans with I.D. and $7 for adults. Children ages 2 and under are admitted for FREE.
The Wildlife Learning Center is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Additionally, the Center maybe closed or have limited general admission hours due to specific events/fundraisers a couple of times a year. Please visit the website or call (818) 362-8711 to confirm any closures.
Wildlife Learning Center
15981 Yarnell Street, Suite 251
Sylmar, CA 91342
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