Archive for the ‘Iberian lynx’ Category

March news

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

I’ve been woefully neglecting this section of iberianature recently. Here are a couple of recent wildlife stories in the English press.

The Missing Lynx (The Guardian) Good article. “Ten years ago, there were barely 100 Iberian lynx left. But an innovative Spanish conservation programme is rescuing them from the edge of extinction”

And this story about ancient giant bunnies from Menorca reported in The Scientist

The skeletal remains of a 26-pound rabbit was found on an island off the coast of Spain. Dubbed the Minorcan King of the Rabbits, this ancient rabbit lived approximately three to five million years ago and now adds evidence to a curious rule concerning the evolution of animals in islands. The so-called “island rule” states that big animals will get smaller and small animals (such as rabbits) will get bigger when the population is isolated on an island, perhaps due to the lack of mainland predators. In this case, the King is a whopping six-times larger than living European rabbits, but due to a rigid spine and short legs, it was also unable to hop.

Ecoducts for Doñana’s lynxes

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Paso elevado, conocido como ecoducto, en la A-94. | Efe

The road deaths amomg Doñana’s lynxes will hopefully be reduced with the building of four of these ecoducts across the infamous A-494 road, responsible for a unacceptable number of deaths (three just in 2010). The ecoducts are to covered in earth and vegetation. El Mundo

Iberian lynx trip report

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Lovely trip report from the Sierra Morena in search of lynxes by my favourite Spanish nature blogger, Zona Osera.

Released lynxes have cubs

Monday, June 14th, 2010
Uno de los linces liberados en 2009 en Córdoba. | El Mundo

The seven Iberian lynxes (four females and three males) released in December 2009 in Guadalmellato, Cordoba are breeding successfully. Three cubs have been born to one mother, and two other females are believed to be pregnant.

The seven animals were the first to be released from the lynx captive breeding programme with the aim of establishing new territories across Spain. In this first case, an area close to the main lynx  stronghold of Andújar was chosen. To make their adaptation easier, supplementary food in the form of penned rabbits has been provided – the lynxes can get in, but the rabbit can’t get out. The animals have also been fitted with radio-trackers.

The biologists in charge of the project are delighted not only with the news of the cubs, but also because no lynxes have so far died – three to four were expected to do so as they succumbed to the ordeal of adapting to their new territory. One animal has also come into contact with lynxes from Andújar which bodes well that this small population can expand.

Photo of one of the Guadalmellato lynxes on its release: El Mundo

Iberian lynx reintroduction continues

Sunday, June 13th, 2010
The plan to reintroduce Iberian lynx in the wild is to continue, despite the serious setback posed by the outbreak of a renal disease amongst the captive animals, in a year when only nine cubs were born. The fact that the wild populations in Andalucia are increasingly strong (65 and 165 animals in Doñana and Sierra Morena in, respectively) and the overall success of the captive breeding programme (80 cubs born so far) bodes well for the future, as does the  increasing Iberian nature of the programme with the involvement of Castilla-La Mancha, Extredura and Portugal. EFE
The breeding project was dealt a serious blow with the expected death in the next year of twelve lynxes from renal disease. More here Serious blow to lynx breeding project

Ramón the lynx

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Kiko Veneno is one of my favourite Spanish singers. Most of his songs are playfully delighful flamenco-tinged songs of love, but here he is singing a tribute to the Iberian lynx, Ramón el lince, though it is also a love song.


Es un gato grande con los ojos grandes
que al mover la cola transmite emoción
de largas patillas con sus zapatillas

da un salto muy grande y entra en acción


April roundup

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Apologies to regular readers of iberianature as other commitments have prevented me from updating the blog as much as I should.

Here are a few interesting stories I’ve not had time to report on in April:

Bears, lynx and wolves


Other stories

Iberian lynx distribution map

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

TVE have put together this map of the distribition of the Iberian lynx: (more…)

Serious blow to lynx breeding project

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

The captive Iberian lynx breeding project has been dealt a serious blow with the expected death in the next year of ten Iberian lynxes from renal disease. Four animals have already died, and 40% of the captive population of 70 have the disease, which has no cure. Breeding pairs have been reduced from 27 to just 9, and so far only 2 cubs have been born, with only ten forecast for the season. Project head Astrid Vargas has affirmed that the deaths will not put a stop to the programme.


Three lynxes killed in Doñana

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Three Iberian lynx have been run over in the last month in Doñana, one of the worst figures for years. The latest animal was a male found dead on the road connecting Matalascañas with El Rocíos. He is thought to have been dispersing in search of new territories. Almost three lynxes a year (26 in total) have been killed since 2000…And three in a single month is an utter disater. Clearly the traffic signs aren’t sufficient.  Crónica Verde