Conservation of Iberian Lynx

Spain

In 2002, the Iberian lynx population was estimated at 100 individuals in Andújar-Cardeña and Doñana (with a conservation status of "Critically Endangered"), which rose to 686 individuals in 2018 ("Endangered") and is currently approaching the 900 specimens, recovering part of the historical distribution area. But the threats still make the species need urgent help to continue working in this area.

Funded thanks to:
  • Donors
  • Total raised
    72%raised
    • Correos clients 29.102€
  • Direct beneficiaries 13

    Those people who have naturally benefited from the project's interventions.

  • Indirect beneficiaries 900

    Those identifiable people who will potentially recieve an effect from the project's activities.

CBD - Habitat

Budget

  • Materials 40.000€
  • Total 40.000€
40.000€

Description

The CBD-Hábitat Foundation has been working since 1999 on projects for the recovery, conservation and reintroduction of the Iberian lynx, coordinated with European, national and regional administrations, NGOs and other entities. The projects are based on collaboration agreements (“custody of the territory”) with private farms (hunting, livestock or agricultural) with the presence of the lynx. And, in actions to promote rabbits to achieve greater productivity (supplementary feeding actions or improvement of wild rabbit populations).

 

To this end, the CBD - Habitat Foundation has developed innovative conservation biology techniques that have managed to conserve existing specimens and increase the productivity of females and the occupation of new territories.

 

With the aim of recovering the lynx population in the Sierra de Andújar area, work is being done to eliminate or reduce the threats that endanger this species:

 

  • Decline of the wild rabbit, the main food of the Iberian lynx.
  • Destruction of their habitat.
  • Run-offs of specimens on roads.
  • Poaching.

Activities

  • Maintain a monitoring system for Iberian lynxes and other species through censuses of lynxes and monitoring of other threatened species.
  • Improvement of the habitat of lynx prey, fundamentally the wild rabbit, by building shelters, planting, pruning and improving vegetation.
  • Location of black spots on roads.
  • Actions to improve the productivity of females.

Who will benefit?

Guard 13 territorial / reproductive females in the Andújar - Rumblar and Guarrizas area.

Project objectives

Increase the lynx population and achieve a number of rabbit populations that guarantee the survival of the species, and that reduce its degree of threat.

Promote respectful attitudes towards the conservation of biodiversity among society.

Involve farm owners, representatives of the productive sectors, hunters, politicians and citizens in the conservation of this endangered species.

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