Personal Liberty Digest™ will be upgraded this weekend to reflect a dynamic new look and mobile-friendly viewing to enhance your experience! Plus, we'll be providing even more of the compelling content you've come to expect, delivered in a whole new way!

  Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

Help For Endangered Lynx In Spain

MADRID (UPI) — Three Iberian lynx are being released into the wild in Spain from a captive breeding program in an effort to save the endangered species, researchers said.

As the cats were released they were a little confused at first, unsure of their new surroundings, researchers said, but bounded away ready to explore their new surroundings.

The lynx, once widespread across Spain and Portugal, were down to just 150 by 2005, earning it the unenviable title of being the most threatened of the world’s 36 wild cat species.

“The situation was really dramatic: there were only two populations left in the wild,” Miguel Simon, director of the Lynx Life project, told the BBC.

“In order to preserve this species, we had to create a captive population in case the wild population became extinct.”

In the past five years two breeding centers, both in Andalusia, have bred around 100 cats in captivity.

Conservationists have begun a rescue plan of reintroducing captive-born lynx into the wild.

“The Iberian lynx is a key species in the Mediterranean ecosystem. It is a top predator, and if we preserve this species, we are preserving the whole ecosystem,” Simon said.

“It is our heritage, and we have to preserve it for future generations.”

A total of 15 releases have taken place this year, and if new populations are established more and more of the captive cats will be introduced to the wild, researchers said.

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Help For Endangered Lynx In Spain”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.