Scottish Wildcat Could Be Extinct ‘Within Two Years’

A scientist who has developed a genetic test to identify pure Scottish wildcats has warned that the species could be extinct within two years.

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BBC Autumnwatch 2012 and Winterwatch 2013

Autumnwatch returns in an exciting new format,

Designed to capture the very best wildlife action of autumn.

Broadcast live for four days in late October,

Autumnwatch will be followed by brand new live series,

Winterwatch, for four days in in January.

Each will be a major live event on BBC Two. Both will be based at a new location in Scotland at the heart of the season’s wildlife action, and will showcase the beauty and drama of these dynamic and diverse seasons.

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Scottish Wildcats Found In Cairngorms National Park

 

Conservationists have discovered previously unknown populations of Scottish wildcats living in the Cairngorms National Park.

Scientists have warned the species remains under threat because of cross-breeding with domestic and feral cats.

 

Story reported by BBC.

 

Two newborn wildcat kittens named after new Disney film Brave

Two newborn wildcat kittens have been named after the new Disney/Pixar film.

Kitten: The animals are settling into their new home.

Twins Brave and Merida, named after the film Brave and the main character Merida, were born at the Highland Wildlife Park in Inverness-shire in April.

They have been settling into their new home and are already practicing their pouncing skills.

Parents, five-year-old Seasaidh and eight-year-old Hamish have been kept busy running after the new arrivals.

Una Richardson, head keeper at the Highland Wildlife Park, said: “It is an exciting time for the Highland Wildlife Park, as we welcomed the arrival of our twin Scottish wildcat kittens, meaning we now have six Scottish wildcats in total.

“Twins ‘Brave’ and ‘Merida’, have become quite bold and are often seen exploring their enclosure and running along an overhead walkway. We think these little kittens are well suited to their names. As brother and sister they love nothing more than to play with each other, although I would say our male kitten is definitely the bossier twin!

“As there are thought to be less than 400 Scottish wildcats left in the Highlands, these cats are incredibly rare and endangered so this is a huge milestone for this species and the park. Merida and Brave are the latest kittens of successful breeding pair Seasaidh and Hamish, the kittens will play a vital role in the conservation of this historic Scottish species along with increasing visitor awareness of the problems facing this most iconic Scottish animal.”

Scottish wildcats are one of Britain’s rarest animals with just 400 left in the UK.