Paula settles in well at her new home

Last Friday, Paula, the 14-month-old female lynx, was transferred from Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich to Poland, where she will help launch a reintroduction project for the resettlement of lynx in the wild in Pomerania.

Copyright: Western Pomeranian Natural Society

Copyright: Western Pomeranian Natural Society

Paula's journey to her new home in West Poland went smoothly and over the course of the weekend she settled in well in her new enclosure. The female lynx is quite relaxed and already exploring her enclosure. She does not shy away from the gaze of curious visitors who instantly want to meet Paula.

Under the reintroduction project in West Pomerania, Paula and the male lynx Gabryś, and two to three other breeding pairs will lay the foundation for the resettlement of lynx in the wild in this region. The aim is to gradually release the offspring of the breeding pairs in the reintroduction enclosures into the wild. This includes reteaching the young animals the skills required to hunt independently.

Since the 18th century, only a few lynx still live in the wild in West Pomerania region. This is largely due to hunting and the increasing sprawl of streets, large fields and villages, which in turn has resulted in a dramatic shrinkage in the lynx's natural habitat. In Germany, the success of reintroduction projects since the 1980s means that wild lynx can once again be found in the Bavarian Forest, the Harz mountain range and most recently in the Palatinate Forest.