In 2002 Jerez Zoo Had 3 females for developing in captive breeding one of these females was called "Saliega"..she was captured as a cub in 2002. She became the fist Iberian Lynx to breed in captivity and gave birth to 3 healthy kittens.
There is a big program now in place.. both in Spain and Portugal. The Spanish government has pumped in more than 5 million euros to boost the program for the reproduction of the cats in captivity.
I dont like to talk about cloning!.. there is experiments going on.. but not working.using domestic cats.
and embrioes are now being frozen. The cloning did now work.
It is estimated that there are 100 to 200 animals remaining in the wild. The species numbered 4.000 in 1960..They were also hunted for their skins.. now banned.
The Lynx has always fascinated me as a cat ... It resembles other species of Lynx , but the Iberian lynx has short tail, tufted ears and a ruff of fur beneath the chin.
Today my post is about these beautiful animals... The map below shows their decline , up until 2003. So its no wonder there are only around 200 to 300 now in the wild.. Let us all hope that their population will increase even more as the years go by.. It would be a great loss to loose such an Interesting stunning specie of animal.