8 animals brought back from the brink of extinction
Once thought destined to be lost forever, these species have rallied to beat the odds.
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Less than 10 years ago, the Iberian lynx was on the verge of becoming the first feline species since prehistoric times to go extinct. Human development of habitat, illegal hunting and a sharp drop in its main food source of rabbit pushed its population to less than 100.
Today, the Iberian lynx is on the rebound with conservation programs engaged in captive breeding and release, protections for food sources and restoration of native habitat in the Mediterranean forests of the Iberian Peninsula.
Remaining endangered, the lynx's ranks in the wild are around 300 today.