National Geographic : 2010 May
His mother, Rappas (above and left), is still in charge for now, but Elanio will soon strike out and seek his own territory in the region's forest, thicket, and scrub. A radio collar will enable staff of Lynx Life, a Spanish conservation group, to monitor him. Lynx tend to be solitary after their first year and have been reported to stick to narrow ranges of about ten square miles---and to shun farmed or developed landscapes. But last year Lynx Life staff tracked a female on a nearly 200-mile foray. She successfully hunted on agricultural land---a hopeful sign of adaptability for this most critically endangered of cats. Pete Oxford and Reneé Bish photographed the Iberian lynx while on assignment for Wild Wonders of Europe.