Iberian Lynx in 2013

July 22nd, 2013 | by nick |

Some good news from Spain for a change: the remarkable success of the Iberian lynx conservation programme so far, which has seen the lynx’s population triple to some 312 individuals in Andalucia since 2002.

I would say the importance of its success goes beyond Spain: if Europe had been incapable of preventing the extinction of a major predator (and a completely harmless one to humans), how could it then go on to preach wildlife conservation under far more difficult circumstances to developing countries?

The image shows an Iberian lynx born in captivity taking its first step into the wild in Despeñaperros natural park,

More in El País here and good summary here by Stephen Burgen in The Guardian.

 

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