Iberian lynx Grove
Gamma and Azahar arrived at the Zoo on the same day, December 2nd 2014. "Living quarters" designed especially for them were awaiting them upon their arrival. Everything at the “Iberian Lynx Grove” was conceived to make them feel right at home. They are in a very secluded area of the Zoo so that they can enjoy a certain measure of tranquility, surrounded by Mediterranean flora, olive trees, oaks and aromatic plants. 

For many, these two ambassador-specimens will be their first contact with this species.
Did you know that the Iberian Lynx is the most endangered feline in the world?

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They have plenty of shade at their disposal, multiple hiding spots to remain out from sight whenever they so wish, and elevated platforms in the tree trunks and treetops, to climb and see the world from on high, as they like. Daily care, feeding, habits and behaviors, as well as medical supervision, are provided, all in accordance with the norms in place for this species.

Gamma, the male, likes to wander on the ground. Azahar, the female, prefers the treetops. They are an example of how personality differs even in animals belonging to the same species. These Iberian lynxes are the face of a species which has caused rivers of ink to flow, beginning in the famous Serra da Malcata campaign in 1970s to the current reintroduction of the Iberian lynx in Mértola.

For many, these two ambassador-specimens will be their first contact with this species. And it was precisely for that reason that the Zoo welcomed them: to raise awareness within the Portuguese population for the cause of the Iberian Lynx, to offer visitors the chance to learn and create emotional bonds with the species. It will only exist among us if it is accepted and respected.
 
The goal is that this proximity will contribute to reduce behaviors that threaten the species, such as illegal hunting, the changing of control practices for other species (which may cause collateral damage, such as poisoning, for example) and the destruction of the habitat, and that it promotes the acceptance of these animals by the population, since the plan for reintroducing the Iberian Lynx in the wild has already begun to be put into action.

Who are these two Iberian lynxes? How did they arrive at the Zoo?

Both came from the National Center for reproduction of the Iberian Lynx (CNRLI), in Silves, and have in common the fact of not being able to reproduce and that they cannot be reintroduced into the wild, for medical reasons. This was why the CNRLI agreed to give them over, and thus, even though they are unable to reproduce, they can start a no less important mission: that of being ambassadors of the species, the Iberian Lynx.

The Zoo «applied, therefore, to receive them, designing new installations and completely defraying the expenses inherent to their coming», says José Dias Ferreira, curator of mammals. As a result of the collaboration between the Zoo, the CNRLI, the ICNF, the Andalucia parish council and the Spanish and national authorities, today Azahar and Gamma wander near us.
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DESCRIPTION: Gamma e Azahar chegaram ao Jardim Zoologico no mesmo dia, a 2 de dezembro de 2014. Na "Tapada do Lince-iberico" tudo foi pensado para que se sentissem em casa.