The first lynx is born in the Catalan Pyrenees in over a century
Today the first lynx to be born in the Catalan Pyrenees in over a century was presented at MónNatura Pirineus . The animal, which is in perfect health, was born on 28 May of this year at the MónNatura Pirineus wildlife recovery centre and is from the European or Northern Lynx species (Lynx lynx), which had been extinct in this region.
Today, Miquel Rafa, the Director of Territory and Environment at the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation, noted the importance of its birth and said that this lynx will help in the environmental education efforts undertaken at this centre, which is the home to other animal species such as bearded vultures, eagle-owls, roe deer, martens, beech martens and foxes, among others, allowing the centre to explain their ecological function in the Pyrenees.
They also include the lynx’s parents, two lynxes who were born in captivity in a zoo in Galicia in May 2008 and moved to the MónNatura Pirineus centre in August of the same year.
An environmental education and nature interpretation centre,
MónNatura Pirineus is a Catalunya La Pedrera facility that opened in 2002. It is an environmental education and nature interpretation centre in the Pyrenees which also has a wildlife recovery centre, where all the species are used in educational activities.
Plus, these species may also be part of a wildlife reintroduction project, such as bearded vultures (as part of the European breeding in captivity programme), eagle-owls and roe deer, or a release programme with animals from other centres that are in their last phase of recovery and are finally released, such as black kites, buzzards, foxes, eagle-owls and roe deer. They may also be participating in an end-of-life programme for animals that cannot be recovered who live their last days at the centre to ensure high quality of life for the time remaining to them.