The lynx effect: Iberian cat claws its way back from brink of extinction

A 20-year project to reintroduce the species across the peninsula has seen their numbers rise to 855

Spotty of coat, tufty of ear, and teetering on the verge of extinction less than two decades ago, the Iberian lynx is continuing to claw its way back across Spain and Portugal.

According to the latest survey, the lynx population on the peninsula has increased ninefold over 18 years, rising from 94 in 2002 to 855 this year. Experts say that if the current conservation and reintroduction efforts can maintain their momentum, the species could be out of danger by 2040.

Related: Missing lynx: how rewilding Britain could restore its natural balance

If luck stays on our side, we’ll have at least 750 females of reproductive age – 3,000 lynxes in total – by 2040

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Animals | The Guardian

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