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Sponsor a wildcat and help save the ‘Highland tiger’

Great news for wildcat fans as the opportunity to sponsor is launched!

Saving Wildcats, a European partnership project led by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, is offering the chance to sponsor a wildcat for the first time since establishing its breeding centre at Highland Wildlife Park.

Dedicated to the conservation and rehabilitation of Britain’s rarest and most endangered species, the Saving Wildcats initiative aims to prevent the extinction of wildcats in Scotland by breeding and releasing them back into the wild.

It is hoped that kittens born this year will be released into carefully selected sites in the Cairngorms in 2023, giving the Scottish wildcat a lifeline and helping restore their numbers in the wild.

Cranachan, who loves his food © RZSS/Saving Wildcats

David Barclay, Saving Wildcats conservation manager, said “Wildcats are Scotland’s most iconic animal, but also one of our most endangered. Once widespread in Scotland, habitat loss, hunting and inter-breeding with domestic cats have all taken their toll, leaving this incredible species on the verge of extinction.

“By sponsoring one of three cats in the breeding centre – confident Droma, nosy little Fruin, or Cranachan, who loves his food – supporters will directly contribute to the future of the Highland tiger and have the chance to watch as their wildcat grows, learns and hopefully becomes a parent. These kittens will go on to be among the first released into the wild next year.

“Without future releases, the wildcat’s days in Scotland are numbered. The Saving Wildcats partnership project is their last hope.”

Fruin, the nosy one © RZSS/Saving Wildcats

By becoming a sponsor, you will help provide expert care, shelter and food for the wildcats, as well as track their progress as they become parents, and prepare their kittens for release into the Scottish wilderness.

From just £5 a month, you’ll receive a sponsorship pack with information on your chosen wildcat, lots of regular updates, a quarterly newsletter and access to an exclusive sponsor’s Facebook group, with pictures, videos and messages from the wildcat keepers.

Droma, the confident one © RZSS/Saving Wildcats

To find out more about wildcats Droma, Cranachan, and Fruin, and how you can sponsor them, go to savingwildcats.org.uk/sponsorwildcats.

Tracking the Highland Tiger

Tracking the Highland Tiger: In Search of Scottish Wildcats, by Marianne Taylor, tells the story of how the wildcat of the wildwood became the endangered Scottish wildcat; of how it once lived and lives now, and of how we – its greatest enemy – are now striving to save it in its darkest hour.

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