Southern Spain: home to distinctive landscapes, extreme climates, and a unique species of wildcat. The Iberian lynx is smaller than its European cousin and has evolved to survive almost exclusively by hunting wild rabbits.
Yet this unvaried diet is what drove the Iberian lynx to the brink of extinction during the 20th century. We introduce the breeding and conservation programs that have helped the wildcat make a remarkable recovery, and take a look at the threats the endangered species still faces today.
The Iberian lynx is a wild cat species endemic to the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
The Sierra Morena is one of the main systems of mountain ranges in Spain. It stretches for 450 kilometres from east to west across the south of the Iberian Peninsula, forming the southern border of the Meseta Central plateau and providing the watershed between the valleys of the Guadiana to the north and the west, and the Guadalquivir to the south.