These beautiful animals once thrived in Britain but were almost hunted to extinction for their fur and to stop them preying on valuable game birds. It’s believed that there are fewer than 100 left in the wild, making them one of the most endangered populations of cats in the world.
They’re now protected under UK law but are still at threat from cross-breeding with feral and domestic cats, habitat loss and accidental deaths.
This project is of national importance and shows what an important role zoos can play in helping to save local species. We’re very much part of efforts to maximise the chances of maintaining a wild population of the stunning Scottish wildcat for the long term.
We’re working with other conservation partners in the field in the fight to save this species before it’s too late.
We need to ACT NOW, with your support we can save this animal from extinction.