Official project launch of “Lynx Thuringia 


f.l.t.r.: Volker Gebhardt, ThüringenForst AöR; Dr. Markus Port, BUND Thüringen, Bernhard Stengele, Thüringer Umweltminister; Dr. Max Boxleitner, WWF Deutschland; Dr. Tiemo Kahl, Biosphärenreservat Thüringer Wald; Dr. Katrin Vogel, Wildtierland Hainich gGmbH; Ralf Kirchner, Naturpark Thüringer Wald; Ludwig Gunstheimer, Landesjagdverband Thüringen. © BUND Thüringen 

It’s official: Thuringia’s Minister of the Environment, Bernhard Stengele, marked the start of the project “Lynx Thuringia – Connecting Europe’s Lynxes” today by handing over the grant notification.

Over the next four years, we will release up to 20 lynxes into Thuringia. The reintroduction of lynxes in the Thuringian Forest aims to strengthen the connection between the lynx populations in the Bavarian Forest and the Harz Mountains, ensuring genetic exchange and securing the long-term future of the lynx in Central Europe.

The “Lynx Thuringia” project is supported by a broad coalition of ten organizations, including actors in nature conservation, forestry, hunting, and authorities, with coordination by BUND Thuringia and WWF Germany. In addition to lynxes from the lynx enclosure in the Wildcat Village Hütscheroda, lynxes from the Romanian Carpathians will also be released, with two Romanian partner organizations involved in the project. The project is funded with about 2.9 million euros from the Ministry of the Environment and plays a crucial role in establishing a population core between the established lynx habitats in Germany.