Eurasian lynx tracking
Besides the prime goal of sighting of a Eurasian Lynx, one of the world’s most elusive mammals, EB5’s catchphrase covers the main philosophy of this trip: looking for enigmatic animals in their natural surroundings. Guided by a local researcher you leave every morning from a remote field station in a 4WD vehicle moving from one Lynx territory to another. Once there you continue on foot through the forest with a biodiversity you’ve most probably never seen before. From the beginning till the end it’s true to say you will follow pugmarks of Eurasian Lynx. Very exciting too are the pre placed trailcams in the area. They will give you an instant and real image/idea of the resident Lynx in the area: from maybe a female with a cub, solitary males, to immature animals and newly formed pairs. A trip for those who want to experience pure nature at its best!
Base camp is a remote field station situated in the centre of Naliboki forest. Although not comparable to most Western standards it does have basic toilet and washing facilities and wood fire heated dining and sleeping rooms.
Off the beaten track
People interested in joining this trip have to be physicaly fit. While exploring the area and searching for Lynx, daily walks from dawn till dusk are standard. These explorations will take place in vast forests full of natural obstacles (uprooted and fallen trees, wet channels and marshes…). Lunch is usually consumed in the field. Besides being in good shape participants require stamina, determination, being flexible and have an open minded spirit. Warm clothes (multiple layers) suitable for winter conditions are highly recommended and good footwear is essential.
A lot more to see in the biodiverse area
As well as Lynx the two thousand km² forest that will be explored hosts an array of other exciting wildlife: Wolves, Beavers, Otters, Elk (Moose), European Bison, Raccoon Dogs, Fox, Polecats, Pine Martens, American Mink, Red and Roe Deer and Wild Boar. A good number of forest birds are resident in the area too: Goshawk, Pygmy Owl, Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse, Black Grouse, Three-toed, White-backed, Grey-headed, Middle Spotted and Black Woodpeckers.
During late winter/early spring
February/March is the mating season for Lynx. Given this fact, there is the advantage of animals being very active patrolling and marking their territories. They might be heard calling too. At this time of the year a snow covered landscape makes tracking easier too. Overall, we have trust in the professional assistance of our local guide in the area. We rely complelety on his 30 years of field experience in relation to the big carnivores resident in the area.