Target: Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research
Goal: Protect the Iberian Lynx breeding programs and save the species from extinction
Conservationists in Portugal and Germany are developing a breeding program that may save the world’s most endangered cat, the Iberian lynx. Fertilized eggs are to be extracted from female lynx, implanted in a closely-related cat species, carried to term, and born as full-bred endangered lynx. We should encourage the conservation and wildlife teams to conduct further research and testing to save the species before it is too late.
Conservationists have been successful in removing the ovaries of Iberian lynx females to collect and preserve the embryos of the severely endangered species. It is unsure whether the project will be successful, but research was put to the test at the breeding program in Portugal. Although the embryos of Iberian lynxes develop more slowly than those of other types of cats, they believe that the Eurasian lynx species will make a good surrogate species for the Iberian counterparts.
The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin, Germany is working with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to develop breeding programs that will save the species that is failing to procreate naturally.
Sign this petition to urge conservationists in Portugal and Germany to continue research and testing of Iberian lynx breeding programs so that this beautiful species of cats does not become extinct.
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Dear Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research,
Thank you for working to save the Iberian lynx from extinction. If this critically endangered species becomes extinct, it will be the first species of cats to die out since prehistoric times. Their numbers are dwindling and action must be taken quickly.
I am urging you to move swiftly with the research being worked on by your organizations and other in the conservation field. It has become clear that these cats are not able to reproduce and multiply independently in nature. Therefore, they depend upon you to utilize surrogate felines of similar species to propagate their numbers to a sustainable level. Hopefully one day, your efforts will result in the lynxes being able to live and reproduce independently in the wild as they once did.
[Your Name Here]
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