Success as a beautiful little lynx adopted at the La Olivilla breeding center in Andalusia

Success as a magnificent little lynx is adopted at the La Olivilla d’Andalucia breeding center in Jaen.

A female lynx from the La Olivilla breeding center in the Junta de Andalucia has successfully taken in an abandoned cub. This increases the chances of the cub being successfully released into the wild at a later date.

Jandra had just given birth to two cubs when she heard a small moan inside an “adoption box”. The little one had been abandoned by his mother and had therefore been brought to the center in the hope that she would collect him with his new litter. Jandra now has three beautiful cubs to take care of.

On April 16, the Junta de Andalucia commented: “In this case, the adoption was a success, so much so that when Jandra moved, she took the three of them with her as if they were all brothers of blood.

“The adopted baby comes from the Granadilla breeding center in Cáceres (Extremadura). His mother, a few days after giving birth, ended up abandoning him for unknown reasons.

María José Pérez, technician in charge of the Junta de Andalucia breeding center in Jaen, said: “Adoption means freedom.

The expert explained that if a cub continues to be bottle-fed: “it makes it more difficult for him to be released in the countryside because he would have too many links with people”.

According to the Junta de Andalucia: “It has been a special year at the captive breeding center located near the town of Santa Elena, in Jaen.

“This year it was a female from La Olivilla that opened the breeding season in the five centers spread throughout the Iberian Peninsula, which is unusual because the first young are usually born in the complexes located further west” .

Five different females from the La Olivilla captive breeding center have given birth to 13 Iberian cubs so far this season.

The regional Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Carmen Crespo, underlined “the crucial role played by the breeding centers in the objective of recovering an emblematic species for the ‘Andalusia’.

She added: “Since La Olivilla opened, 129 Iberian lynx have been bred in these facilities, of which 70 have been released into the wild.”


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