the zoo Estepona, Selwo Adventurewelcomes a female 16 year old Iberian lynxCynara, arriving from the La Olivilla Lynx Breeding Center in Jaén, the largest of the four in the Iberian Peninsula.
This “veteran”, taking into account that the life expectancy in captivity of the lynx is around 20 years, was born in the Acebuche and he arrived at La Olivilla in 2007 when he was one year old, and since last Tuesday he has been in Selwo Aventura, they have specified from the park.
Throughout her life as a breeder, she has raised fifteen puppiesof which two have remained in the centers as a genetic reserve and the other thirteen were released in the field.
“It is an animal that has contributed a lot with its genes,” highlighted the veterinarian from La Olivilla, María José Pérez, about Cynarawho “has been a mother with tremendous maternal instincts, not only raising her own pups, but adopting others.”
The head of Selwo veterinarians, Cecilia Sierra, recalled that there is currently a male lynx in the zooJavo, who came from the same center of La Olivia, and with him, precisely, this female shares space who, for years, has participated with great success in the Iberian lynx reproduction program of the Junta de Andalucía.
The lynx is a solitary animal which depends on dispersal between populations to avoid inbreeding and seeks areas that provide shelter and open pastures where it hunts rabbits, which make up 90 percent of its diet.
In the past they lived in almost all areas of the Peninsula with Mediterranean mountains, but in recent years their population has been drastically decreasing and became critically endangered.
To the project LIFE Iberlince Recovery of the historical distribution of the Iberian lynx in Spain and Portugal (2011-2018) and previous projects has been followed by LIFE Lynxconnect, whose main challenge is to make the Iberian lynx population self-sustaining and genetically viable in the long term.
The Iberian Lynx Program combines collaboration between the public administration and private companies for the good of a species, in this case the Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus).