Third Iberian Lynx Population Discovered in Spain


There's new hope (well, at least a little bit) for one the world's most endangered cat species, the Iberian Lynx. Until now thought to number just 110 adults, the World Wildlife Fund reported this week that a third wild population of the cats has been found in a previously unsurveyed area of Central Spain (the exact location has not yet been disclosed).

The size of this new population been conclusively catalogued, but it is believed to be fairly small. Scientists also don't know yet if this new population is genetically different from the Lynx at the already known breeding sites, or if it interacts in any way with the know populations.

The WWF has spent years petitioning to protect all Iberian Lynx habitat under the EU's Natura 2000 Program, and has also called on the local and national governments of Spain to create captive breeding programs. So far, no luck.

Still, a few extra cats means a greater chance at survival for this critically endangered species.

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