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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

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.

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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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