By the early 2000's the Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) population had declined to less than 100 individuals, and the species was listed as Critically Endangered. Due to a huge collaborative effort by many European partners via an intensive breeding and re-introduction program, the Iberian Lynx populations recovered to over 150 individuals by 2012 and the status was later upgraded to Endangered. Nevertheless there is still much conservation effort required to prevent such a small population from easily falling into decline again.
Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) Unique Facts
~ Recovered from Critically Endangered status ~
~ Dependent on European rabbit populations ~
~ Endemic to the Iberian Peninsula ~
Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) Classification
The taxonomy or scientific classification of the Iberian Lynx species (Lynx pardinus) is as follows:
Kingdom: Animalia (animals)
Phylum: Chordata (vertebrates)
Class: Mammalia (mammals)
Order: Carnivora (carnivores)
Suborder: Feliformia (cat-like)
Family: Felidae (cats)
Species: Lynx pardinus (Iberian Lynx)
Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) Subspecies (lower classifications)
The Iberian Lynx is listed as Endangered (EN) globally, and currently there are no recognized subspecies.
Reference: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2017-1. <www.iucnredlist.org> Lynx pardinus 23 May 2017.
Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) Conservation
A number of partners were involved in bringing back the Iberian Lynx from declining towards certain extinction. These partners continue to work at ensuring the Iberian Lynx populations survive and expand in spite of difficult conservation challenges.
- Iberian Lynx Ex Situ Conservation Program
- IUCN Cat Specialist Group - Iberian Lynx Compendium
- Fauna and Flora International - Iberian Lynx
- World Wildlife Fund Spain - Iberian Lynx
Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) Facts and Information
The following links will take you to websites with well researched and authoritative information on the Iberian Lynx (although some still show the status as Critically Endangered):
- Iberian Lynx Fact Sheet - ARKive
- Iberian Lynx Information - ISEC
- Iberian Lynx Images and Video Clips in the Wild - ARKive