|A mother Iberian lynx with kittens|
Conservation groups have recently applauded the birth of two Iberian lynx kittens as a boost in an expensive project to save a species that many are afraid could be the first cat to perish for 2,000 years. The births are thought to be the first in the wild for years outside Andalusia, where the partially EU-financed project to save the Iberian lynx was established twelve years, after its numbers had plunged to fewer than 100 in the wild. It is now thought that there are approximately 300 lynxes, which is a major improvement on previous estimates, but still so few that the species remains threatened. The fact that one pair has now bred in the area of the Badajoz province in western Spain indicates that the lynx may now be restoring itself itself across a wider area. About two kittens were sighted last week by monitors who have been following the progress of a female lynx named Kodiak who was released into the wild two years ago. It is believed that Kodiak may have given birth to more kittens. A spokeswoman from Iberlince stated that female lynxes are known to have up to three kittens in a litter.
|Queen Sofia of Spain attending the release of two Iberian lynxes into the wild|
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