Guardians of the earth
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The Doñana National Park is the largest wetland in Europe and a paradise every year for more than six million migratory birds, as well as being a habitat for the Iberian Lynx, the most threatened feline in the world.

This unique natural reserve has recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, although this vital biosphere, declared a Cultural Heritage site, is currently under threat.

While Doñana is struggling to survive, there are people dedicated to defending its existence and fighting to conserve this precious environment.

The Iberian lynx is a species of wild cat unique in the world that currently finds itself on the brink of extinction, although the scheme for reintroducing this lynx into Doñana is providing an example for the world. Thanks to this endeavour, in recent years the population of this animal has risen from the 94 that remained to some 600 recorded to date.

As my grandmother used to say: “We don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it”, a sentiment echoed by José Galán, a tracker at the Doñana Park.

Ofelia De Pablo I Javier Zurita
Ofelia de Pablo y Javier Zurita