The first three lynxes are born at the Captive Breeding Centre of Caceres of Zarza de Granadilla, in Cáceres. The birth came up at 3:00 o'clock in the morning of march 24. Farfara, a three year old female born in captivity in La Olivila Centre (Jaén), feels fine, quiet and she is taking care of her cubs.
The mother, which has accepted her progeny, has got out of the farrowing crate to eat withouth problems and her puppy are quite active and they are nursing, reports the Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Enviroment.
The Captive Breeding Programme have 80 specimens (40 male and 40 female) and this breeding season 42 pupys have been born of wich 38 are still alife.
The Iberian lynx is the most emblematic endangered species in Spain and a symbol and a enormous challenge for conservation. A seteep decline had relegated them to two isolated populations in Doñana and Andújar, both in Andalusia's region, with around 60 and 200 individuals, respectively.
It is suspected that genetic factors might be behind recently observed decreases in survival and reproduction in this populations. Genomic researches will be helpful to improve the conservation programmes, in the Captive Breeding Centres and in the ex situ one, finding the specimens with genetic problems.