Conservationists at Kent’s Wildwood Trust have been working round the clock to ensure two beautiful lynx kittens could move to the UK before the Brexit deadline at the end of the month.
The last two weeks have seen frantic activity from teams at the wildlife conservation charity, with the two lynx – a male and a female – arriving safely from France last weekend.
Wildwood is on a mission to educate people about what a rewilded Britain would look like, with the Eurasian lynx seen by many in Britain’s rewilding movement as the best species to help breathe life into our wild places.
Wildwood’s Mark Habben, Head of Living Collections, said:
“It was a race against time, but worth it. Brexit had made the movement of the animals across Britain’s borders a lot more uncertain. Enhanced controls and transport issues would have meant compromised animal welfare and more work for us”
“The lynx once roamed free across Britain, maintaining a delicate ecological balance, which might come to be again. They are an important part of the story of how we can protect nature for future generations, and use rewilding as a tool to combat catastrophic climate change by sucking carbon back into the ground”
The two lynx kittens will join Cara and Shria, two lynx already living at Wildwood. For more information on visiting go to www.wildwoodtrust.org