Weight: 54 pounds
Head/Body: 38 inches
Tail: 57 inches
The Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus), or Spanish Lynx (Felis pardina), is considered by some experts to be the most threatened species of cat in the world. They live in Spain, and according to a study done in 2005, the population contains no more than 100 Iberian lynxes. They are threatened by feral dogs, poaching, habitat loss, collisions with vehicles and poisoning.
The male is larger than the female. They can live to 13 years of age in the wild. At twilight, this lynx may be found hunting alone in the pine forests of the Iberian Peninsula, preying on primarily rabbits, rodents, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
The Iberian, or Spanish lynx, is a large cat with a powerful body, short, sturdy legs, and a very short tail. It has a large head with side whiskers and large tufted ears. It has exceptionally keen eyesight, the best of all the cats. Its coat is yellowish-brown fading to white on its undersides, and is strikingly spotted with black.
The Iberian lynx, pardel lynx, or Spanish lynx is listed as Critically Endangered (CR) on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.