Spanish lynx in Donana
I’ll be in Seville and a bunch of other places in western Andalucia for some time in March, and will try to make a trip into Donana NP. Does anyone know what the lynx spotting chances are like there? I gather that the chances are definitely higher in Andujar but unfortunately can’t make it there this time round, am also aware that it’s difficult in general but kind of looking for a scale of the chances of seeing one in Donana (“not a chance” – “should be doable, if your luck holds”).
Thanks in advance,
Better in Andujar yes but certainly possible in Donana. However I saw them outside of the park itself.
Hi Shaun, yes I agree with Peggy that a private tour is the best way to go, as they have access to areas that you can’t get to as a private individual. I think there are a couple of companies that offer full day tours by Landrover. I haven’t seen a Lynx in 4 visits to the area, but only once did I really go off the beaten path. Good luck.
Mattia from Italy
A private tour is the only way to go, because access to the best Iberian Lynx areas is forbidden to independent travellers. There are a couple of companies that offer guided days in search of “el gaton”.
Regarding Eurasian Lynx, the Holy grail of European mammalwatching, there is a very promising place in northern Sweden, even much better than Bieszczady, but you should be prepared to sleep in a mountain hut and to move with snowshoes and ski.
This is what Mattia talking about:
I am from Sweden and finally we got a proper Lynx tour. Pioneer trip in March.
I know where this place is and cross our fingers for good success.
I have spent 24 hours on several nights in search for European Lynx by myself last couple of weeks in an area in southern Sweden. So far, no luck.
And on Friday we start hunting them. 69 Lynxes will be killed the next couple of weeks.
We booked through Doñana Nature:
For more details check out our blog at:
Thank you Mattia and Antee for the information. I have been in contact with Wild Sweden but I am not I can go to Northern Sweden with this short of a notice. It would be nice with some snow and lynx.
I am also going to Uppsala, Sweden this weekend and they have seen lynx there some weeks ago but it is more luck than anything else. If nothing works out I am probably trying to get to Poland.
I just read that all of the 69 Lynx´s are already shot here in Sweden.
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Make sure you aren’t in Donana when their big gypsy religious congregation is. Unless you want to look at thousands of wagons pulled by cows while thousands of people camp inside a national park with no regard for the environment. My attempt to see the lynx there in March was thwarted by that. Just FYI