It is among the wild and inextricable thickets of the Iberian peninsula, where thick heathers and tangled up cistuses form insuperable undergrowth, where cane-apple bushes, mastic trees and brooms grow, where cistuses of Montpellier are the highest, where the rose laurels and the bramble patches bordering brooks are the densest and the thickest, cork oaks and the oldest green oaks, that one still finds the largest cat-like of Mediterranean fauna: the Pardel Lynx.

Pardel Lynx

Pardel Lynx

It is enough to imagine a carnivore perfectly adapted to this environment, an animal able to do a fantastic leap from a narrow headland to the summit of a tree, to move without being seen while slipping silently into the coppices, a vigorous, daring, activate, effective, flexible, perfectly proportioned animal, a lonely hunter, whose range of prey goes from the mouse to the stag, to represent the Pardel Lynx.

Hiding out, even when it rests, the Pardel Lynx supervises its territory at night as well as day. The smallest murmur makes it draw up. Then, from a felted, sure but fast step, it goes towards its prey. Exterminated for the quality of its fur and by the destruction of its natural habitat, it is in serious process of disappearance.

Parde Lynx

European WildCat

The European Wildcat (Felis sylvestris sylvestris) is commonly known simply as the Wild Cat. It requires the more detailed name of European Wildcat to distinguish it from its African and Asiatic cousins, which were once each thought of as separate species but are now considered to be no more than sub-species. All three today are classified as a single species (Felis sylvestris).

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