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Released Two Breeding Lynx in Sierra Morena

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The Ministry of Environment of the Junta of Andalusia, in the framework and under the guidelines of the Life Nature Project "Conservation and reintroduction of lynx in Andalusia ' , released on Saturday five lynx Guarrizas environment

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Cher C (1429)
Wednesday December 8, 2010, 2:06 pm


This release is a continuation of the experiences in the Cordoba region of Guadalmellato since late 2009, however this new action has a pioneering and novel based mainly on two aspects: firstly, is the first time copies are released born in the captive breeding centers, and, secondly, this is the first lynx go to camps in the vicinity of the Sierra Morena Jaen.

With the release of these fish are simultaneously fulfills several objectives such as improving the status of wild populations in their historic range, one of the basic objectives of that Life Project. On the other hand, completes the primary goal of captive breeding, ie provide Iberian lynx, right from the ethological point of view, health, reproductive and genetic resources, to reinforce existing populations or reintroduction projects develop in the field of historical distribution.

The five copies, which was released initially in two enclosures preadaptation of four hectares each, come from captive breeding center 'La Olivilla' , run by the Junta de Andalucía, and the town of Andujar.

Both specimens from the Olivilla (two juvenile females born last season) and the wild, have been the subject of a program of acclimatization, adaptation and specific fenced quarantine facilities available to the Ministry of Environment. This process involved the evaluation of their hunting skills and attitudes, social relationships and independence of human beings on the one hand, and the compatibility and sociability of individuals of different origin, on the other, in order to facilitate adaptation and subsequent reproduction in the wild.

The area selected for the release is appropriate to extend the range of the lynx in Sierra Morena and has optimal characteristics in terms of area of habitat quality and appropriate densities of rabbits. Furthermore, with regard to the social perception of the population Guarrizas area, 90% of the local population supports the action of reintroduction, according to results of previous studies developed by the LIFE Nature project "Conservation and reintroduction of lynx in Andalusia ' in collaboration with the Institute of Social Studies of Andalusia (CSIC).

On the other hand, all private farms in the area of release have cooperation agreements in force. Thanks to this action have been made to improve habitat that have completed the already good characteristics of the area, also allowing the construction of facilities release, which are equipped with advanced video surveillance systems.

The Ministry of Environment has the support of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the work developed under the current Lynx Life Project. Among the recent actions include the release of 7 specimens Guadalmellato since December 2009, which was considered a success due to the low mortality of reintroduced individuals and reproductive success they have achieved these cats.


Carol H (229)
Wednesday December 8, 2010, 2:14 pm
thanks Cher, noted

Peggy A (109)
Wednesday December 8, 2010, 4:20 pm
I am glad these other countries finally see the need to protect and reintroduce wildlife in their countries

Eternal Gardener (745)
Wednesday December 8, 2010, 4:36 pm
Fingers crossed for their future!

James W (257)
Wednesday December 8, 2010, 6:01 pm

Diane B (275)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 12:35 am
Noted the news thanks Cher also for the translation thanks

Arild Gone for now (174)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 2:57 am
This is really good news,TY for the post Cher.

Bon L (0)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 5:51 am
Thanks for the info.

Ana Fontan (16)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 11:38 am
Noted, thnaks Cher!

Laverne Wallace (59)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 12:57 pm
I sure wish them good luck..

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 2:52 pm
quoting Hattie Wallace. TY Cher.

Elizabeth M (65)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 3:04 pm
Thanks Cher. Very happy to hear this, and good luck to the lynx's.
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