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Captive breeding of Iberian lynx does not prevent its extinction, says expert

La cría en cautividad del lince no evita su extinción, según una expertaAstrid Vargas sostiene que su dependencia de esa fórmula lo hace un "muerto viviente"Agencias / Sevilla | Actualizado 11.12.2009 - 05:04 La directora del Plan de Cría en Cautividad del Lince Ibérico, Astrid Vargas, afirmó ayer que la reproducción en cautividad del felino más amenazado del planeta "es sólo una avenida", por lo que "es un error pensar que la especie se ha salvado ya" porque se ha conseguido este paso.Durante la presentación en Sevilla del libro Conservación Read More

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Spanish lynx settles in at breeding facility in Portugal

First Lynx settles in Silves’ reproduction centre31/10/2009The first of 16 Iberian Lynxes that will arrive at the centre over the coming weeks was welcomed at the purpose-built facilities earlier this week, having travelled from a zoo in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.It was released with in the 100,000 square-metre centre, which is much larger than the pen it was living in, weeks ahead of its counterparts and accompanied by a vet.Named Azahar, the five-year-old female Iberian Lynx travelled alone inside a box and was constantly monitored by a veterinary.On Read More

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Lynx to return to Portugal after 20 years

October 24th, 2009 | by nick | Twenty years after becoming extinct in Portugal, the Iberian lynx is to return to the country next week as part of the reintroduction programme. A female will be transferred to the new breeding centre in the village of Silves in Portugal. A total of 16 animals are to moved to the centre in the coming weeks. These animals will be used for captive breeding rather than for releases.The first releases in the wild in Spain are now set for 2010 when 8-10 lynxes are to be released in Guadalmellato (Córdoba) and Guarrizas Read More

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An Iberian Lynx kitten born in captivity has died

By m.p. - Oct 7, 2009 - 11:15 AMFalco's death on Sunday brings the number of kittens to have survived the captive breeding programme this year down to 15One of the 16 Iberian lynx kittens who have been born in captivity this year died on Sunday, it’s been revealed, after going into convulsions and failing to survive emergency surgery. Falco was born at La Olivilla breeding centre in the Sierra Morena and was first taken ill around a month ago, but appeared to have recovered after suffering his first convulsions, with nothing significant detected Read More

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PHOTOS: Endangered Iberian lynxes in Spain

To see photos, go to: AM, July 10, 2009These little guys are members of the world's most endangered species of cat -- the Iberian lynx. Fortunately for them a group of conservation biologists is working to save the species through a captive breeding program in the lynxes' native Spain.A century ago, about 100,000 Iberian lynxes lived in the wild in Spain and Portugal. But in the years since, they've been the victims of hunting, Read More