A name giving to Lynx kittens on 26 August
2021.08.25.

On 26 August at 15:00, the name giving event will take place in the Zoo. Two Northern Lynx kittens will receive a gift from their godparents and best friends from Jēkabpils. Raivis Ragainis, the Chairman of the Jēkabpils Municipality Council, will announce their new names.

The Lynx names were chosen by Jēkabpils citizens. 200 name ideas were proposed. Since the proud parents are Rubīns and Dadze, the offspring names had to begin with D and R respectively. All Riga Zoo's Lynxes are included in the European Studbook of captive Lynxes.

From tomorrow on, Riga Zoo's Northern Lynx youngsters will have the names: Demija and Rems.

See the video about Riga Zoo's Lynxes:

The proud parents, 10-year-old male Rubīns and not-quite-3-years-old female Dadze, were introduced to each other last winter. Zoo staff actually did not expect lynxes to have offspring earlier than next summer… Still, the new pair did not waste the time at all! On 27 May two kittens were born.

Riga Zoo breeds Northern Lynxes successfully already for more than 20 years. So the Zoo was able to contribute to the Northern Lynx captive population. Over the last 12 years Riga Zoo has sent Lynxes to other zoos in Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Hungary, Scotland, Spain, Ukraine and Japan. Riga Zoo also supports the Northern Lynx (Lynx lynx lynx) reintroduction program in Poland, led by WWF-Poland. In 2009–2018 Riga Zoo sent eight young Lynxes to Kadzidłowo and Jabłonowo to be included in the breeding programme.

Jēkabpils City supports Zoo Lynxes since 2013. That's not without cause, as already since the 17th century Jēkabpils coat of arms depicts a Lynx.

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