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Iberian lynx kitten, El Acebuche captive breeding center, Spain

Iberian lynx kitten, El Acebuche captive breeding center, Spain

Author: John Linnell/Wednesday, January 3, 2007/Categories: Gallery

Captive breeding is one of the actions being undertaken to try and prevent the Iberian lynx declining to extinction. The plan is to breed individuals in captivity until their is a surplus suitable for reintroduction in the wild. In 2005, 1 female gave birth to 2 kittens. In 2006, 2 females gave birth to 2 kittens each, in addition to a female who gave birth prematurely to a litter that did not survive. The kitten in the picture is from one of the 2006 litters. Captive breeding is a highly expensive conservation action whose success is never guranteed. However, the situation of the Iberian lynx is so critical that radical actions are needed. Parrallel to the captive breeding are a range of projects designed to improve lynx habitat and increase populations of lynx prey, the rabbit.

Text: John Linnell / Photo: www.lynxexsitu.es

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