Scottish wildcats arrive at Dartmoor Zoo

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(Last Updated On: April 28, 2022)

Dartmoor Zoo are delighted to announce the arrival of two critically endangered Scottish wildcats!

The two females, Morag and Moraig, arrived from New Forest Wildlife Park and have made themselves at home in a bespoke enclosure which mimics their natural habitat.

Scottish wildcats form one of the most endangered cat populations in the world. Following a sad history of habitat loss, persecution and, more recently, breeding with domestic cats, they’re now on the brink of extinction.

Fearless, brave, intelligent, resourceful and patient make a remarkable animal. Dubbed the ‘Tiger of the Highlands’, there are now barely a handful left and scientific research has confirmed the species will not survive without help.

Coral Jonas, Chief Operating Officer at Dartmoor Zoo, said: “We’re incredibly excited to welcome two Scottish wildcats to the charity, Dartmoor Zoological Society.

“This is the beginning of our future breeding and release programme and will also give us the opportunity to educate our visitors about one of the rarest mammals in Britain.

“Welcoming the cats not only helps wildlife but it’s helped the people that made it possible. The students from Ivybridge Community College who came and helped build this enclosure as part of our Superkids school inclusion programme should be truly proud of the work they have done.”

A spokesperson added: “As a leading British wildlife conservation charity, we’re eager to not only contribute to their conservation, but to also offer an opportunity for visitors to learn more about wildcats and hopefully capture a glimpse of this elusive species.”

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