Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus)
Lynx pardinus
By (c)"Programa de Conservación Ex-situ del Lince Ibérico www.lynxexsitu.es" [CC BY 3.0 es], via Wikimedia Commons

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.

Lynx Lineage

1. Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx)

2. Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis)

3. Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus)

4. Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

Key Facts about Iberian Lynxes

~ Critically Endangered until recently ~

~ Dependent on European rabbits ~

~ 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)

Genus: Lynx

Species: Lynx pardinus (Iberian Lynx)

Lynxs of the World Print
Lynxes of the World Print by Roger Hall
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Iberian lynx threat display by Jorge Sierra

Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) Subspecies

The global conservation status of the Iberian Lynx is Endangered (EN), and currently there are no recognized subspecies (lower classifications).

Iberian Lynx 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.

Female Iberian lynx with juvenile climbing rock

Iberian lynx at rest by Jose B Ruiz

Iberian Lynx Facts and Information

The following websites have well researched and authoritative information on the Iberian Lynx (although some may still show the status as Critically Endangered):