An icon of Scottish wilderness, wildcats are ferocious, untameable creatures. Elusive and fearsome, they are surrounded by myth and legend, and it is clear from the incredible photography in this booklet why they are know as the ‘Highland tiger’. Yet, although most people are very familiar with tigers, many know little about wildcats – an equally endangered species.
From wildcat ecology to current approaches to conservation, this booklet sets out the latest information from recent studies on our only native cat species. Its key message? There are real dangers of hybridisation with domestic cats, which could ultimately lead to wildcat extinction in Scotland.
Responsible pet ownership must therefore play a crucial role in conservation efforts. Find out what you can do to help in the conservation of this remarkable species.