Good news and bad news for the Iberian Lynx

| July 28, 2013 | Reply

The Iberian Lynx is one of the most endangered mammals on the planet. It was down to a low of 94 animals in the wild.
Habitat destruction, illegal killing, road traffic and lack of prey (in the form of Eurapean Rabbits) made life difficult for the small cat.

Now there is hope. As the Guardian reports in an article called Spain’s endangered Iberian lynx brought back from brink of extinction, the population is now at 312.

This does not mean that the species is safe but it shows that the conservation efforts are paying of. More conservation work incl. reintroductions to Portugal and other parts of Spain are planned.

But not everything is looking good. Some experts now believe the Climate Change could wipe out the Iberian Lynx.

Climate Change may become a serious problem for the rabbits which make up to 90% of the diet of the Iberian Lynx.

The experts recommend introducing the Iberian Lynx farther north so the species can cope with climate change.

The future will tell if the Iberian Lynx can survive. Increasing the area over which the species occurs is definitely a good way to ensure it’s longtime survival.

Category: cats, conservation

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