Iberian Lynx Conservation Status Upgraded to Vulnerable

The Iberian Lynx, once on the brink of extinction, has seen its conservation status upgraded from “Endangered” to “Vulnerable” by the IUCN on June 20. Native to Spain and Portugal, the population has grown from 62 adults in 2001 to over 2,000 individuals in 2024. Conservation efforts, including reintroductions and habitat restoration, have expanded their range from 449 km² in 2005 to 3,320 km². Despite this success, threats such as rabbit population fluctuations, diseases, poaching, and climate change persist. Future plans include further reintroductions and continued conservation measures to achieve “Fully Recovered” status within 100 years.

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