European biodiversity under threat: the lynx, a symbol and a challenge
The fauna of the European Union consists of more than 370 million Homo sapiens; it also includes 150 species of mammals, 520 bird species, 180 species of reptiles and amphibians, 150 species of fish and 100,000 species of invertebrates. But European wildlife is in a dangerous process of erosion. Species and sub-species are dying out. Others are on the verge of extinction. This is true of the Iberian lynx, a species of feline once widespread over the whole of the Iberian peninsula. Today there are only 150 of them left in Andalusia. The European Union is battling to stem this phenomenon, which is not an inevitable one.