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Lynx, wild horses and vultures return to eastern Spain in latest rewilding project

By Phoebe Weston

19 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

The Iberian highlands are set to welcome some new inhabitants in an attempt to 'rewild' one of the Europe’s least populated areas. The Guardian examines the 20-year landscape recovery scheme.

Black vultures, lynx and wild horses are among the animals being reintroduced to eastern Spain with the launch of a rewilding project spanning 850,000 hectares (2.1m acres) in the Iberian highlands east of Madrid.

Rewilding Europe’s 20-year landscape recovery scheme, which covers an area more than five times the size of Greater London, aims to make the land wilder and more nature-friendly. The protected area is the southern part of the Iberian Chain, a mountain range that stretches 500km (300 miles) from the north-west of the country to the Mediterranean in the south-east.

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