The first Iberian lynx are due to arrive at the newly-inaugurated captive breeding centre at Herdade das Santinhas in Silves in September.
This announcement was made by Portugal’s secretary of state for the environment, Humberto Rosa, who travelled to Spain last month to discuss the lynx protocol.
“Everything depends on the agendas of the ministries in both countries, but we plan to sign the protocol in July,” he said.
He also added that Portugal has three years to prepare a habitat to release Iberian lynx into the wild as part of the protocol. “We are still studying locations but I can say that we are evaluating the Malcata, Vale do Guadiana and Barrancos reserves,” he said.
The Iberian lynx reproduction centre is able to house 16 animals and has a CCTV system to monitor the lynx, keeping human contact to a minimum. (See the Algarve Resident edition, May 29).