about Highland Tiger

Welcome to THE place for all things SCOTTISH WILDCAT!

Hands up if you know what a Scottish wildcat is? Most of us know a fair bit about the problems facing polar bears, gorillas and tigers. But what about our very own native cat– Britain’s own ‘Highland Tiger’? Now there’s an animal in serious trouble.

So what’s the problem?

The Scottish wildcat has become extremely rare. It’s much rarer than the Bengal tiger. In fact, experts believe there could be as few as 400 left in the wild. Yes, just 400! This makes the wildcat one of Britain’s most endangered species.

How’s this happened?

Wildcats have endured centuries of habitat loss; they’ve been hunted for fur and have been killed as vermin. Here in this day and age, you’d think they would enjoy a brighter future yet they’re more threatened than ever. Disease, and vehicle collisions take their toll but they also interbreed with domestic cats, diluting their genetic purity. Bad news!

What can we do to help?

If you’re a cat owner living in the Scottish Highlands, chances are you’re within the range of a randy Scottish wildcat, so please do consider having your cat neutered. RESPONSIBLE CAT OWNERSHIP ( download PDF )

You can also report wildcat sightings within the Cairngorms National Park, and help fund wildcat research, education and a captive breeding programme.Click HERE to find out how!

Why bother?

Good question! Firstly the Scottish wildcat is our only remaining native feline. As a predator, it plays a crucial role in our ecosystems. It is rooted in Scotland’s natural heritage, an untameable spirit admired by the people of the Highlands for centuries. The wildcat is everything it is to be wild. It is a creature to admire. To safeguard its future would be something we can all be proud of. Letting it slip away is surely not an option.

What is Highland Tiger doing?

Another good question! First up we’re getting the word out there that wildcats are in trouble. We need people to care. We want everyone to know as much about wildcats as they do about David Beckham, Madonna, or Tom Cruise! And with millions of cat lovers out there, this shouldn’t be too difficult should it? You can help with this…

...Spread the word

Lots of people don’t know that wildcats exist – watch the video below if you don’t believe us! If we don’t know about wildcats, we can’t help them. The Scottish wildcat has slipped off our radar. They need our help and they need it fast so spread the word. Tell your family, your friends, your workmates - in fact anyone that will listen and even those that won’t. In fact, especially those that won’t!

Play Highland Tiger video


A unique wildcat conservation project has kicked off in the Cairngorms National Park one of the animal’s strongholds. Click here to see what’s happening.

Saving the wildcat is not a five minute job. We need lots of help from lots of people.

In the coming years, the Highland Tiger partners will be working hard to:

If we fail, the wildcat becomes extinct – it’s that simple.

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