The fur of the Iberian Lynx shows a striking variation ranging from thickly spotted orangey phenotypes to rather stripped greyish individuals, including a wide range of intermediates. As a result of the dramatic decline that the species suffered during the previous century, some fur variations disappeared from certain populations. In Doñana, for instance, only thick-spotted Lynxes occurred from the 60s (source Life+IBERLINCE).
Nowadays, the phenotypic diversity of the Iberian Lynx is recovering its former splendour thanks to translocations and population reinforcements by means of captive breeding. This phenomenon should be understood as a visual statement of the undergoing population recovery, now totalling over 500 individuals in Spain and Portugal (less than 100 by the early 2000s).
This winter we have guided several tours with the Iberian Lynx as main target and, luckily enough, we have had the chance to observe all the most representative fur types (!).
In doing so we closely collaborate with renowned local guides and companies to ensure our clients the most respectful approach to this and other sensitive species. Here, we wish to echo the recently published “Guide for responsible Iberian Lynx watching” by Life+IBERLINCE project.
In Birding The Strait, we strongly believe in ecotourism as a sustainable activity which benefits nature conservation and local economies and we enthusiastically work to make this true with our Iberian Lynx experiences.
Drop us an email if you want to join us in one of our scheduled Iberian Lynx Quests!