Iberian Lynx population now exceeds 1,000 in the wildJune 01, 2021
The Iberian Lynx is considered the world’s most endangered cat species. In 2002, it was on the verge of extinction with only 60-90 individuals left between Doñana and Sierra Morena, including very few females. This was mainly due to the drastic decrease of rabbit populations, and compounded by inappropriate farming methods, poaching and road accidents.
However, thanks to intensive conservation programmes that WWF-Spain started then stewarded for decades as part of a larger community of conservation actors, a recent census shows that the Iberian Lynx population in Spain and Portugal has now grown to 1,111 individuals.
This increase is extremely encouraging and is a fantastic example of how long-term conservation work and perseverance can bear fruit. MAVA has supported continuously the work of WWF-Spain on this subject over the last 20 years and considers this success a big milestone.
While this is cause for optimism, more conservation efforts are still needed to reach a population of 3,000 lynxes by 2040, which experts estimate is the goal to achieve to be able to consider the species not at risk anymore.