Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) one year old male, hand-reared male in the Acebuche EXSITU rearing center. Once a week the lynxes are given an environmental enrichment program whereby toys of various descriptions and functions (often laced with blood and or meat) are given to them exercise and to prevent boredom. Also live quail are introduced into the cages which immediately stimulates a rapid chase and hunting response.
El Acebuche Breeding Center, Matalascañas, Huelva. SPAIN
RANGE: Iberian Penninsula of Spain & Portugal.
CITES 1, CRITICAL - DANGER OF EXTINCTION
Fewer than 200 animals in the wild. There is a reduced genetic variability due to their small population. They have suffered due to hunting, habitat loss, road accidents, reduced food supply due to desease in rabbits (Myxomatosis & RHD) - their base food supply. Deseases such as feline leukaemia
A medium sized cat weighing 12-15kgs, Body length 90cm, Shoulder height 45-50cm. They have a mottled fur pattern, (3 varieties of fur pattern found between the different populations and distinguishing them geographically) short tail, ear tufts and are bearded. They are territorial cats although female cubs have been found to share their mother's territory. Mating occurs in Dec/Jan and cubs born around April. They live up to 13 years.
Mission: Iberian Lynx, May 2009
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