Wildlife group uses GPS to track extraordinary saga of native Iberian lynx reintroduced into Spain’s wild

Kentaro, Iberian lynx released into the wild by wildlife conservationists in 2014. Photo: WWF via La Vanguardia
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• Near-extinct native species thriving on epic journeys following re-insertion •

An Iberian lynx named Kentaro that was released in Toledo in Dec. 2014 and tracked with a specially fitted GPS collar has traveled an astounding 2,400 kilometers across Spain, according to Life-IberLince, the group re-introducing the endangered native species back into the wilds of Spain.

A second lynx, named Kahn, has traveled 1,605 ki1ometers in 321 days and shorter journeys across the length and breadth of Spain by other Iberian lynx have been  similarly tracked by the wildlife conservation group, which hopes the study of the re-introduction of the Iberian lynx population in Spain will help to ensure the native cats prosper after having nearly become extinct at the end of the last century.

To help track the cats and understand more about how and where they travel, the GPS collars currently used may soon be replaced with special drone technology being tested in a pilot project sponsored by the Andalucian regional government.

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