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Critically endangered wildcat kittens born at Edinburgh Zoo

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is celebrating the birth of two critically endangered wildcat kittens at Edinburgh Zoo.

Born to mum Caol Ila and dad Talisker in September, the boy and girl are both doing well and staff at the wildlife conservation charity will be asking for the public’s help to name the new kittens in the coming weeks.

Wildcat kitten (RZSS Edinburgh Zoo)

Wildcats are one of Scotland’s rarest and most threatened mammals and RZSS is leading a new partnership project, Saving Wildcats, based at the charity’s second site, Highland Wildlife Park.

The conservation breeding and release of wildcats is being carried out by the Saving Wildcats partnership led by RZSS in collaboration with NatureScot, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS), The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA), Norden’s Ark and Junta de Andalucía.

Wildcats (RZSS Edinburgh Zoo)

You can learn more about the Saving Wildcats (SWAforLIFE) project at

For information on visiting Edinburgh Zoo, go to where you will also find details on the Zoo’s Christmas Nights light trail, available to book now.


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