Iberian Lynx
04/9/12 3:56 PM

The most endangered felid in the world

A lynx puppy.
A lynx puppy.

The Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) is one notable example of a species at the brink of extinction. It is also the most emblematic endangered species in Spain, where it has become both a symbol and an enormous challenge for species conservation. Its current situation has prompted its designation as the most endangered felid species and its classification as "critically endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Once abundant and widely distributed in the Iberian Peninsula, a steep process of decline and fragmentation during the 20th century has relegated the species to less than 250 individuals located in the two remnant populations in Doñana and Andújar.

Commonly identified causes for the recent decline of the Iberian lynx have included the destruction and fragmentation of its habitat, direct persecution and, more recently, the decline of rabbit populations, a prey lynxes heavily depend on. Genomics can bring hope to their future.

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