On June 24, a fire broke out in Moguer (Huelva) that has destroyed part of the Doñana Natural Park, the Laguna de Palos and Las Madres 17 area. The fire has taken thousands of hectares of scrub and trees with it, and has affected hundreds of animal species that inhabited the area.
Doñana is one of the few places where lynx still grow in Spain. This species of feline is the one that is closest to extinction currently and it is thanks to the conservation centers that specimens with the possibility of surviving are still being born.Twitter @LaVanguardia
During the fire, the El Acebuche captive breeding center had to be evacuated and it was during this process that Homer, one of the females that has produced the most cubs in recent years, passed away from the stress caused by the situation.
When the evacuation plan was approved last Sunday, the workers of El Acebuche they managed to capture 14 lynxes to save them. Another 13 were not found, but the doors of the center were left open so that the animals could escape the fire if it reached the perimeter. Apparently they all survived.Twitter @LaVanguardia
Homer was one of the animals that didn't make it, and had given birth to two cubs last May 19.
The 2016 records numbered 483 specimens of Iberian lynx distributed between Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura, Andalusia and Portugal. If catastrophes like this continue to happen, the work of the conservation centers will have been for nothing.
A great loss for the most endangered feline on Earth.
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- Why Nature (@PorquesNatura) June 27, 2017
Source: Why NatureSummary Article Name A lynx dies in the Doñana fire Description One of the female lynx that had raised the most offspring, has died from stress during the evacuation of the El Acebuche conservation center. Author Isa Lago Publisher Name The Cotton Cloud Publisher Logo