The fur of the Iberian Lynx shows a striking variation. It ranges from thickly spotted orangey phenotypes to rather stripped greyish individuals. There are also a wide range of intermediates. As a result of the dramatic decline that the species suffered during the previous century, some 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 splendor. This is 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).
Iberian Lynx Tours
This winter we guided several tours with the Iberian Lynx as main target. Luckily enough, we had the chance to observe all the most representative fur types!
In doing so we closely collaborate with renowned local guides and companies. This way, we ensure our clients the most respectful approach to this sensitive species. 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. We enthusiastically work to make this true with our Iberian Lynx experience.
If you want to arrange a trip to see the Iberian Lynx, contact us. You can join in one of our scheduled Iberian Lynx Quests!