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Zoo Aquarium of Madrid receives a couple of lynx

The Zoo Aquarium in Madrid has welcomed a couple of Iberian lynx.

They are part of a project that aims at creating awareness about the species and the problems they face. Take a look.

Called Jazmin and Kalama, the lynx come from the western province of Caceres.

A sharp drop in the population of its main food source and a result of two diseases contributed to the feline’s decline.

SOUNDBITE (SPANISH): AGUSTIN LOPEZ GOYA, Director, Zoo Aquarium
“Regarding the current situation of the Iberian Lynx we have good news. Since the last census we carried out last year we have seen that in the populations where this species has been reintroduced, the number of individuals has increased and nowadays there are more than 400 animals.”

The lynx now live in a 400-square-meter area in the zoo. A screen has been installed to show visitors the project of reproducing the species.

SOUNDBITE (SPANISH): AGUSTIN LOPEZ GOYA, Director, Zoo Aquarium
“The fact that the zoo aquarium of Madrid is the world’s fourth zoo with Iberian Lynxes is not a coincidence; it is the result of an effort made for years of having preserved this emblematic species.”

The Iberian lynx is an endangered species of felid living mainly in the Iberian Peninsula in southwest Europe.

Nowadays there are 404 lynxes living freely in Spain and Portugal. However, they are still facing many problems, such as the lack of rabbits, their main food.

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