ANOTHER STEP IN THEIR RECOVERY
Selwo Aventura has taken on Javo and Judía, a pair of Iberian lynxes (Lynx pardinus) ceded by the Environment and Land Management Department of the Andalusia Regional Government. This new addition converts the Park into the only private zoo center in Spain which hosts this native species at very severe risk of extinction. The arrival of the two animals took place on 5 June 2015, World Environment Day.
The purposes of the presence of Iberian lynxes at Selwo Aventura are to contribute to their protection and conservation, to make visitors aware of their situation and the problems of the world's most threatened cat species and, of course, for people to have a chance to observe this jewel of our natural heritage first-hand.
And, from July the 1st 2015, Selwo Aventura will incorporate Conservation of the Iberian Lynx into its programme “Meet the Keepers”. This is a complete educational talk suitable for all ages, to recount the gripping story of this Spanish feline, whose status has just been changed from “critically endangered” to “endangered”.
The Conservation of the Iberian Lynx talk will be given at the Iberian Lynx Territory. Apart from the animal's story, the talk offers a description of its most unusual features, its current situation and the details of how it has adapted to its new habitat at Selwo Aventura.
Javo and Judía were both born in March 2012 at the "La Olivilla" Iberian Lynx Breeding Center in Santa Elena (Jaén). Neither specimen can be reintroduced into the natural environment, nor contribute genetically to the captive breeding program, as they are not suitable for reproduction. The male was part of a litter destined for reintroduction into the wild, but prior veterinary examination made his release there inadvisable. For her part, Judía suffered a medical problem when she was merely a kitten, which has made her release impossible.
The pair of felines arrived at what will be their new home from now on, the Land of the Lynx (Territorio del Lince), situated in the Canyon of Birds (Cañón de las Aves), a landscape in a natural setting. The release of Javo took place on 5 June 2015, shortly after his arrival at Selwo Aventura. The young lynx took to his new surroundings with no sign of wariness or timidity, quickly getting to know his new territory, which is a forest at different levels and with abundant Mediterranean vegetation such as trees, bushes and scrub... Judía passed the first hours of her stay at Selwo Aventura in her shelter, and was released into her grassland on 6 June 2015. Her territory, adjoining that of the male, is also a sizable natural landscape populated with vegetation typical of their Andalusian home.