First sighting of Iberian lynx in Portugal since 2001!

An Iberian lynx has been seen in Portugal for the first time since 2001.The Portuguese State Conservation Agency (ICNB) and Junta de Andalucia, Spain, have announced that an Iberian lynx has been officially recorded in Portugal. This is the first such record since 2001.

The lynx, which was tracked using a radio collar, crossed the border into Portugal and stayed in the Moura/Barrancos region. Historically, Iberian lynx roamed all over Spain and Portugal.

The lynx, which is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, was seen in the same Portuguese territory in which FFI, together with our partner the League for the Protection of Nature (LPN), have been working with landowners for the last five years to secure habitat.

This is great news and reinforces our long-standing efforts to protect Portuguese habitat for lynx that will hopefully move back in from Spain. The lynx is now back in Spain after its fleeting visit.

Working to protect vital Iberian lynx habitat

Fauna & Flora International and our Portuguese partner, the League for the Protection of Nature (LPN) explain how we are protecting habitat for the critically endangered Iberian lynx. Together we have managed to turn around opinion in Portugal and now there is government and public backing to our lynx conservation programme.