We carry out actions to improve the rabbit populations in the Monfragüe National Park. This species is considered vulnerable in the Regional Catalogue of Threatened Species and its population in Extremadura is estimated to have fallen by 30% over the last decade. Common rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) are a key species on Mediterranean hillsides and constitute the basis of the food chain for many species in danger of extinction, such as the Iberian imperial eagle or the Iberian lynx.
Since 1995, Fundación Global Nature has worked on the improvement of the populations of wild rabbit. Actions have included the creation of a feeding enclosure on the Lugar Nuevo property, owned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and the Environment, and the development of an improvement and adaptation project for this enclosure as part of an agreement signed with the Iberdrola power company in 2008.
Since 2009, actions are being taken to improve the rabbit population in the municipality of Serradilla through the Aid Fund for the Area of Socio-economic Influence of Monfragüe National Park. The reports produced by the University of Extremadura shows that the rabbit population in the intervention area has significantly increased. Over these years, thanks to the different assistance campaigns from the Extremadura Regional Government, a surface area of two hectares has been enclosed, over 60 drystone dykes and 40 breeding stops have been built, an area of three hectares has been sown every year and over 200 rabbits have been released into the wild.
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