Beautiful, charismatic, and mysterious, all these adjectives very properly describe the Iberian lynx. It is the most threatened cat in the world, and one of the most studied. So, let’s get to know it succinctly and effectively.
There many reasons why it’s on the verge of extinction, but the most important matter is that this mammal has only a population of about 300.
Below is a list of curiosities, striking data and necessary information that you should read before diving thoroughly into the world of lynx.
Curiosities You Should Know About The Iberian Lynx
There are some general questions regarding them like, what do they eat? What is their life expectancy? How much scope does your vision have? The following points cover them quite perfectly.
#5 It Could Be Extinguished In 50 Years By Climate Change
The habitat of the Iberian lynx is very vulnerable to climatic variations and, therefore, it’s subject to active conservation measures. A recent study by the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), together with the University of Adelaide in Australia, confirms this need, stating that the reintroduction programs of the species will help triple the current population of 300 copies. However, they warn that if this precautionary action is not carried out, the lynx could be extinguished in 50 years.
#4 A Minimalist Diet
It usually feeds mainly on the rabbit. But, their diet may also include ducks, deer, rats, and other small animals. Also, Iberian Lynx typically ingest tiny amounts of herbs to clean their stomach.
#3 How Good Is Their Eyesight?
This cat truly has a vision, unlike anything else. It can distinguish a rodent 75 meters away, a rabbit at 300, and a fawn at 500. It’s truly remarkable, wouldn’t you say so? As a curiosity, the name of this species comes from a Greek term that means ‘bright eyes.’ The yellowish-green eyes can see both in the day and at night.
#2 What Are The Plumes In Ears?
Some authors say that plumes are to increase their hearing. Others (such as Felix R. de la Fuente ) defended the idea that plumes break the silhouette of the animal favoring its mimicry and also serve to scare insects (since they lack a long tail like other cats).
#1 How Does The Iberian Lynx Live?
- It is a solitary animal that only joins others of its kind during the mating season.
- It rests throughout the day and hunts at night. Its activity is the highest during winter.
- A female can reproduce after two years and after a gestation of 6 to 10 weeks. A single litter usually has 2 to 4 offsprings.
- Females need their territory to reproduce and must choose to burrow holes in trees, or in between rocks.
- Puppies consume the meat and milk that their mother gets them during the first 4 to 6 weeks of life, and between 7 months and the year of life, they must learn to become independent.
If you’re concerned about the Iberian lynx, you may participate in many different conservation efforts. There are many channels from where you can accomplish this.