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  • English name
    Iberian Lynx, Spanish Lynx
  • ClassificationCarnivora, Felidae
  • Scientific nameLynx pardinus

Iberian Lynx, Spanish Lynx
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There are not many Iberian Lynx in existence anymore due to forest development and poaching. They are one of the most critically endangered species of the Felidae family.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: 80-96cm
Tail length: 9-11cm
Weight: 10-15kg

(Source: Zetsumetsukigu Doubutsu Hyakka(Our endangered animals) Asakura Publishing Co., Ltd.)

Where they live

They live in only a few forests in Spain and Portugal.

What they eat

The Iberian Lynx must really like rabbit because it accounts for an amazing 80% of their diet. They also eat young deer and duck.

What they are like

In spite of its strong resemblance to the Eurasian Lynx, the Iberian Lynx has a smaller body and the facial features of a house cat.

Find out more about the Iberian Lynx!

Road and town development renders the Iberian Lynx homeless
There are only a few forests in Spain and Portugal where the remaining Iberian Lynx live, making them one of the most critically endangered species of the Felidae family. Forest development is one of the main reasons they have become so rare. Their habitat has diminished and they live sporadically due to roads and towns being built in the forest. Further damage comes from poachers who continue to violate bans on their hunting.

Fewer rabbits can cause major crunch?!
At one time, rabbits disappeared due to an epidemic outbreak and the number of Iberian Lynx plummeted. This is because rabbits are its main food. Today, development continues to destroy forest environments and could trigger another decline in rabbits. If that happens, it will cause irreparable damage to the already scarce population of Iberian Lynx.

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