The Iberian Lynx is considered to be the most endangered feline in the world. Hopes are that it will not become the first extinction of a wild cat species for at least 2,000 years.
Lynxes live for up to 13 years and inhabit open forests and
thickets of Iberia - Portugal and Spain. However the 2002 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists the Iberian Lynx as Critically Endangered.
Populations dramatically declined in the 1950s and 1960s when Myxomatosis hit the rabbit population. Numbers have continued to decline since with the destruction of their habitat.