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The Scottish Wildcat

Nature and fine art photography by Cat Burton. www.catburton.co.uk

Did you know there are estimated to be only 300 wildcats left in the wild in Scotland?

Thankfully, conservation groups and animal welfare charities are helping this beautiful endangered species. Earlier this year, some adorable wildcat kittens were born at the RZSS Highland Wildlife Park. They’ve had an amazing year for newborns, having welcomed Hamish the baby polar bear this year too.

If you’d like to know more about Scottish wildcats and how you can help them, check out Scottish Wildcat Action. They have lots of tips.

One of the best things we can do as individuals is: if you have a cat, make sure it is neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. This will help prevent crossbreeding between wildcats and domestic cats, and will also help prevent the spread of infection.

This wildcat was photographed at the Scottish Deer Centre in Fife. They have a few wildcats in a nice big enclosure who are looked after well. They can quite often be seen snoozing on their high walkways or snuggled up in their dens.

 

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