Leap Of The Lynx
1 x 60'
Once, the Iberian lynx thrived across the entire Iberian Peninsula. At the outset of the third millennium, sad remnants of some 150 individuals survive in two tiny isolated habitats: the rugged mountains of Sierra de Andujar, and the coastal swamps of Coto Doñana. Until five years ago, both populations were quickly fading away. Their fragmented habitats were shrinking even further, they were starved by lack of prey and reduced by epidemics.
But now, local authorities, scientists, landowners and other groups have finally begun to act in unison, encouraged by the EU's Natura 2000 program. Breeding stations have been installed and a migration corridor is being established to link the two populations. Rabbit populations that were wiped out by two epidemics have been reintroduced, because where there are no rabbits, there is no lynx.
On the Iberian Peninsula, primeval landscapes are practically non-existent, so the Iberian lynx has lived on cultivated land for centuries – cattle, horse and pig pastures, cork oak forests, timberland, even holy sites of pilgrimage.
The diversity and beauty of our locations is truly stunning. That’s why the character and history of this land are as relevant to our story as that of the big cat itself.
Produced by Terra Mater Factual Studios in co-production with Wanda Films