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The great return of the Iberian lynx


REPORT - 20 years ago, there were less than 100 left across the whole of Spain and it was considered the most endangered feline in the world. There are now more than 1,400 individuals in the wild on the peninsula. Thanks to an exemplary rescue and conservation project.

No one leaves their position before the relief.

On the screens, 80 cameras scan the 23 enclosures installed along a hillside, surrounded by pines and oaks.

“When the seat is empty, you have to watch every missed second,”

comments biologist Rubén González, naturally taking over the controls from his colleague.

On its right, the plan of each enclosure recalls where the felines are placed.

With clicks, he scrolls through the multiple cameras under his eyes, thus monitoring the possible osteoarthritis of Fado or the limping of Kilimanjaro, who has fallen into a poaching trap that has cost him a leg.

La Olivilla is one of the five breeding centers for the Iberian lynx

(Lynx pardinus),

where a genetic reserve of the species, endemic to the peninsula, has been established.

It is located in the south of Spain, in the province of Jaén, Andalusia.

It is in this region that the last Iberian lynx took refuge, on the verge of extinction barely 20 years ago.

In particular in the West, in the Doñana National Park, where pushed by endogamy, they stagnated genetically.

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Source: lefigaro

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