Iberian Lynx highest birth rate in Guadiana

in News · 23-10-2020 01:00:00 · 1 Comments

The birth rate of the Iberian lynx population in the Guadiana Valley is the highest in the Iberian Peninsula, according to the 2019 census results revealed by the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests (ICNF).

The Iberian Iynx is one of the most threatened species in the world. However, the results show that the birth rate (productivity rate) in the Guadiana Valley is the highest in the peninsula, stressing that in 2019, of the 13 referenced litters, three generated five offspring each, when previously the maximum registered was four offspring per litter.

Usually, the lack of food, essentially hares, is the main reason for the decrease in the existence of these animals. An Iberian lynx needs a rabbit a day to feed, while a pregnant female may need three.

The ICNF adds that this rate of births is “revealing the abundance of food, availability and suitability of habitat and tranquillity provided by the owners and managers of the territory, in addition to acceptance by the resident population”.

The results of the Census also reveal that the population of Iberian lynx in the Guadiana Valley reached a total of 107 at the end of 2019, of which 61 are adults over one year old and 46 cubs born in the spring of last year, from 13 breeding females, out of a total of 27 referenced females.


This is wonderful news, especially when you consider that the European Rabbit has become an Endangered species! Once they were very common but nowadays rabbits need protection too.

By Steve Andrews from Other on 24-10-2020 03:23
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