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Brexit deadline beaten as lynx kittens arrive at Wildwood near Canterbury

New lynx kittens have beaten the Brexit deadline as they arrive in their new Kent home.

The new additions, a male and female from France, will be joining a pair of lynx already housed by the Wildwood Trust at their Herne Common facility near Canterbury.

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Two weeks of frantic activity has taken place to create appropriate accommodation for the young animals.

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”

One of the kittens getting used to its new home at Wildwood near Canterbury
One of the kittens getting used to its new home at Wildwood near Canterbury

The Eurasian Lynx is seen by many in Britain’s rewilding movement as the best species to help breath life into our wild places and restore natural biodiversity.

The animals are vital in Wildwood’s mission to educate people about what a rewilded Britain would look like.

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