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Lynx Released Guarrizas Pups Born in Captivity

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The Ministry of Environment 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 (Jaén) with a pioneering and novel based


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Cher C (1424)
Saturday December 4, 2010, 11:29 am


The Ministry of Environment 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 (Jaén) with a pioneering and novel based primarily in two respects: firstly, is the first time released individuals born in the captive breeding centers and, secondly, this is the first lynx go to camps in the vicinity of the Sierra Morena Jaen.

The Minister for the Environment, José Juan Diaz, said the media that is a day doubly important, as the lynx "have come to want to conquer territory for this species, which we have approximately 20,000 hectares, agreements with individuals, and also because they have left two female juveniles for the first time, having been born in captivity, they will try freedom. "

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 the aforementioned Project Life -.

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.

Life Project director, Miguel Angel Simón, said that one of the key objectives of the breeding program was to reach this day, especially important now that experience to start releasing new lynx born in captivity. "

"This is a second test for preadaptation, which already has been working in the breeding center with them and was going to make one second review," said Simon. Accompanied by a third cub born in freedom "is for all those experiences that you have the puppy q has been living in the field of social relations, etc., help in the transfer to those born in captivity," Simon has Apostille .

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

Both specimens from the Olivilla - two juvenile females born last season and Granadilla Grazalema calls - like the wild - Hail, Iberian and Eve - have been subjected to an acclimatization program, adaptation and specific quarantine enclosures in the facilities available to the Ministry of Environment.

This process involved the evaluation of their hunting skills and attitudes, social relationships and independence of the human being, first and compatibility and sociability of individuals of different origin, on the other, in order to facilitate its 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, approximately seven copies per hectare.

Furthermore, with regard to the social perception of the population Guarrizas area, 90 percent of the local population supports the action of reintroduction, according to results of previous studies developed by the Project Life Nature "Conservation of the Iberian lynx in Andalusia 'with the collaboration of the Institute of Social Studies of Andalusia (IESA).

In this regard, the Minister for the Environment has indicated that the support of society is "a prime example, key and decisive. The vast majority of society is understood that a positive experience that the lynx back to occupy this territory, which is to be good, hence the social and economic value provided we review the social and economic recovery of a species. "

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.

Trillo Diaz said that the owners and locals are "keepers" in this program and highlighted the support that made the administration as far as land uses, care provision and commissioning of these spaces. "We are occupying private farms to experience the scientific program of Life and as such collaboration is essential and hopefully be the beginning of a long collaborative relationship toward the future," added the director.

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 seven copies 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.


Peggy A (109)
Saturday December 4, 2010, 12:38 pm
Good luck to these kitties.I hope they all survive and help expand the number of lynx

Past Member W (257)
Saturday December 4, 2010, 3:31 pm
will pray they make it

De L (321)
Saturday December 4, 2010, 4:07 pm
It's so nice to hear some happy news on here!!!

Carol H (229)
Saturday December 4, 2010, 6:03 pm
thanks Cher, noted

Sini K (113)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 7:45 am
Noted, signed and thank you.

Monday December 20, 2010, 9:02 am
Yep sure is great to have a Good News Story for a Change !!!

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