Endangered cat Species Day is on May 17. All 36 wild cat species need our safeguard because most have rapidly deteriorating populations. To honour our domestic cats’ cousins, we’re summarising the five most endangered wild cats. Centred round the species-wide population numbers acquired from IUCN researchers, here are the five most endangered wild cat species.

1. Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus)

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED
In 2008, only 84 to 143 adult individuals lived in two main breeding populaces of Spain.

CAUSE:
Decline of their main prey species, the European rabbit, which has yielded to disease, overhunting by humans, and hunting by other hunters.

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