Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on FlickrFollow us on YouTubeFollow us on PinterestFollow us on Instagram

The Making of a Diorama

The Habitat Views video considers ways of looking at dioramas today, and documents the creation of several new displays. Take a look over on our  YouTube channel >

Become a Member, Skip the Lines!

Become a member today to skip the lines and receive free admission and special exhibit tickets all year long!

Learn More

Join Now



Canadian lynx

Lynx canadensis (Kerr, 1792)

Canadian lynx diorama in the North American Mammal Hall


 Forest in British Columbia, Canada

Background artist:

 Larry L. Latta

Lynx are solitary and seem to be territorial. Although the home ranges of females may overlap, males occupy distinct areas. Male home ranges may include the range of one or more females and their young.

Lynx are primarily visual predators but also have well-developed hearing. They hunt mainly at night. Prey are normally stalked and then pounced upon, although some lynx will wait in ambush for hours.

Biological Information

Range map for the Canadian lynx


Northern North America south of tree limit; from Pennsylvania east of Great Lakes to Colorado and Oregon




Threatened; endangered in Michigan


Snowshoe hare but also mice, squirrels, skunks, grouse ptarmigan and occasionally deer

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for Canadian lynx.