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Scottish wildcat

Felis silvestris

Since the 1980s, the wild population of the Scottish wildcat has decreased so drastically that they are now seen as one of the most endangered native mammals within the British Isles.

This may look like an ordinary domestic tabby cat; it's not! Several Scottish clans’ crests have a Scottish wildcat and carry the motto “touch not the cat but a glove”. It is infinitely more ferocious than a domestic cat.

Animal class


Conservation status

The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) considers the Scottish wildcat to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.


Scottish wildcats prefer wooded areas and forests


There could be as few as 200 pure Scottish wildcats in the Scottish Highlands.


Carnivore. They eat small to medium sized prey animals such as rabbits, rats and hares.