Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The Iberian Lynx, the most endangered of the world’s 36 cats, on the edge of extinction.
..."The only biologically viable populations are in Doñana with a rapidly declining population of 20-25 adult lynxes, and Andújar-Cardeña in the Sierra Morena which is perhaps home to the last desperate hope: a stable population of some 80 adult lynxes. Between the two, there are thought to be around 25-30 breeding females. In 2004, Doñana supported just 6-8 females with breeding territories, though this number fluctuates wildly from one year to the next. In the Andújar area in 2002, 21-22 females raised 36-42 cubs; in 2003 just 11-12 females raised 18-21 cubs; and in 2004 17-21 brought up 33-39 cubs. The Doñana population raised just 4-8 cubs in 2004."