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10 The Portugal News •  18 Aug 2018                                News



      Endangered lynxes ‘safe in Spain’ after fire evacuation



      and spending night in school pavilion                                                                               N N N N N  CARRIE-MARIE
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                                                                                                        After being evacuated from the Silves
                                                                                                        reproduction centre last week when the
                                                                                                        massive Monchique fire closed in, 29
                                                                                                        Iberian lynxes have arrived “safe and
                                                                                                        well” at temporary accommodation in
                                                                                                        Spain, according to a spokesperson for

                                                                                                        the Environment Ministry.

                                                                                                        from a hillside viewing  been carried out this week
                                                                                                        platform overlooking the  with a view to drawing up
                                                                                                        complex.                a recovery plan, and to
                                                                                                        “As a prevention, the 29  see when the endangered
                                                                                                        animals were evacuated  big cats will be able to
                                                                                                        and relocated to [partner  return to the Algarve.
                                                                                                        centres in] Spain, which  The once critically-
                                                                                                        made themselves         endangered Iberian lynx,
                                                                                                        immediately available to  which is only just teetering
                                                                                                        help”, Mr. Chitas said,  back from the very brink of
                                                                                                        adding: “It was a sensible  extinction, is native to
                                                                                                        move as the centre was in  Portugal and Spain and
                                                                                                        fact hit by the fire; not the  has been subject to
                                                                                                        main buildings, but     vigorous conservation
                                                                                                        around some             efforts in both countries
       The lynxes while being housed at the EB 2,3 Jacinto Correia School in Lagoa
       The lynxes while being housed at the EB 2,3 Jacinto Correia School in Lagoa
       The lynxes while being housed at the EB 2,3 Jacinto Correia School in Lagoa
       The lynxes while being housed at the EB 2,3 Jacinto Correia School in Lagoa
       The lynxes while being housed at the EB 2,3 Jacinto Correia School in Lagoa
       before being transported to Spain, and (inset) the CNRLI - National Iberian
       before being transported to Spain, and (inset) the CNRLI - National Iberian
       before being transported to Spain, and (inset) the CNRLI - National Iberian                      enclosures”.            since 2002.
       before being transported to Spain, and (inset) the CNRLI - National Iberian
       before being transported to Spain, and (inset) the CNRLI - National Iberian
       Lynx Reproduction Centre in Silves, which was damaged in last week’s
       Lynx Reproduction Centre in Silves, which was damaged in last week’s
       Lynx Reproduction Centre in Silves, which was damaged in last week’s
       Lynx Reproduction Centre in Silves, which was damaged in last week’s                             He said the evacuation  The species was recently
       Lynx Reproduction Centre in Silves, which was damaged in last week’s
       wildfires. (Photos: Supplied/ICNF/Kolforn/Wikimedia)
       wildfires. (Photos: Supplied/ICNF/Kolforn/Wikimedia)                                             was carried out in      downgraded from
       wildfires. (Photos: Supplied/ICNF/Kolforn/Wikimedia)
       wildfires. (Photos: Supplied/ICNF/Kolforn/Wikimedia)
       wildfires. (Photos: Supplied/ICNF/Kolforn/Wikimedia)
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                                                                                   Paulo Chitas, deputy  “biologists and the    release efforts, there is an
                                                                                Isecretary for the      military, for safety    expanding, albeit small
                                                                                Environment Minister,   reasons”, as transporting  community of the cats
                                                                                said an “emergency      29 endangered lynxes to  living in the wild in
                                                                                evacuation plan” was    Spain is a “logistically  Portugal.
                                                                                activated last Wednesday  complicated operation”.  The reintroduction of the
                                                                                when the wildfire spread  Before being transported  lynx in Portugal is part of
                                                                                from Monchique into the  across the border the  the transnational LIFE
                                                                                neighbouring            lynxes spent a night in a  Iberlince project which
                                                                                municipalities of       pavilion at a school in the  hopes to establish stable,
                                                                                Portimão and Silves, and  neighbouring          viable populations across
                                                                                encroached on the CNRLI  municipality of Lagoa.  the Iberian Peninsula.
                                                                                - National Iberian Lynx  Lagoa council confirmed:  It was announced in June
                                                                                Reproduction Centre.    “Conditions were created  that the Iberian lynx
                                                                                The breeding centre is  in the sports pavilion of EB  reproduction centre in
                                                                                located near the village of  2,3 Jacinto Correia  Silves in the Algarve, is to
                                                                                Vale Fuzeiros,          School to house the     be expanded, in a
                                                                                approximately 14kms     Iberian lynx community for  €551,000 project. So far
                                                                                north of the city of Silves,  24 hours until its transfer  103 cubs have been born
                                                                                on a hillside above the  to Spain”.             at the centre, 23 of which
                                                                                Arade River close to the  Paulo Chitas said the  have died.
                                                                                Funcho Dam, an area that  animals are now in Spain  It has been estimated that
                                                                                last week’s massive     and arrived “all in good  as many as 20 kittens could
                                                                                wildfire swept through.  health”.               have been born in three
                                                                                The centre is closed to the  A survey of the damage to  litters in the wild during the
                                                                                public, but can be viewed  the CNRLI centre has  first half of this year.
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