SANTE, a German natural cosmetics brand, is committed to promoting nature preservation and diversity, The brand has engaged in various animal welfare projects over the past few decades. Today, thanks to a strategic partnership with WWF Germany, a new step has been taken to preserve the habitat of lynxes in Germany and to slowly and sustainably reintroduce these endangered animals.
The lynx is part of the feline family and belongs to medium-sized wild cats. Today, only 4 species remain dispersed in the northern hemisphere: the Eurasian lynx (Europe to Asia), lynx pardelluchs (Liberia), Canadian lynx and the bobcat (North America). These animals are only 120 centimetres long, with a shoulder height of up to 70 centimetres, and weigh between 7 and 37 kilograms. They have whiskers and brushy ears, mostly spotted fur and a black tail tip. The lynx can live in a wide variety of habitats, but it is mainly found in forests and it hunts mammals ranging from rabbits and rodents to animals as large as red deer. Its shelters and lairs are thickets, cavities in the rocks or hollow trunks where the female lynx gives birth once a year to a litter of 2 to 4 offspring.
The lynx makes a significant contribution to maintaining the ecological balance of forests - a fact that is emphasised by the WWF Germany Project Manager, Moritz Klose.Unfortunately, the direct threat to the lynx comes from humans. Lynxes are indeed considered predators by hunters as well as by farmers, in some places they are even hunted for their fur, and their habitat is severely restricted. Intensive agriculture and forestry, the construction of roads and railways, the use of rodenticides or even dogs threaten the lynx population.
There are currently around 140 lynxes living in Germany. SANTE supports the WWF project to increase lynx numbers to 300 individuals in the long term and to enhance biodiversity in German forests. At the same time, it is necessary to resettle the lynx in suitable natural areas. However, these animals must also be protected. This is why WWF's work is also focused on researching their migratory movements using modern technologies, and on serious prevention work in terms of poaching because unfortunately there is still a problem of acceptance within the population, especially among farmers, breeders and hunters.
With this project dedicated to the lynx, SANTE wishes to make a particular regional commitment and at the same time promote the biodiversity of German forests: CARE FOR YOU AND THE WORLD!