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.
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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