The Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) is one of 36 living species of cats, and one of the four species of lynx in the world. The direct predecessor was the Iberian lynx Lynx Cave, was larger than the present and occupied much of Europe.
Distribution and abundance:
At the end of the 80’s there were 800 and 1100 in Spain. Now that figure has dropped to 200-300 to be found in eastern Sierra Morena and Doñana.
The Wild Rabbit is the fundamental staple food of the Iberian lynx
The type of core habitat, the most used and the one preferred by lynx is the Mediterranean scrub.
The lynx are mostly solitary. The presence of the lynx benefits the rabbit, despite being preyed on by the first, because the lynx prevent the rabbit from being eaten by other carnivorous that also eat rabbits (foxes, mongoose, genets) .
At the Sierra Morena Mountain Refuge we have intimate knowledge of their habitat and arrange visits to places where the population is recovering.