Breeding project boosts Iberian lynx numbers tenfold

The population of this endangered feline has risen from 94 in 2002 to 1,100 in 2020.

In 2002, the population of the Iberian lynx had reduced to 94 because of hunting by humans and the destruction of their natural habit, among other causes.

This rare cat was classified as “critically endangered” and faced sharing the same fate as the Sabre-toothed tiger, which became extinct about 11,700 years ago.

After 20 years, due to an ambitious breeding programme, the latest census in 2020 showed that their number has reached 1,100, as reported by Al Jazeera.

Although the feline has made a remarkable recovery, it is not safe yet. It is classed as “endangered”, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Javier Salcedo, the leader of the five-year Life LynxConnect, said, “The purpose of the project is to connect different nuclei of lynxes to vary the species and so that they are not isolated.”

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