Once found across Britain, this magnificent predator is now rarer than the tiger – with perhaps only 40 left at largePound for pound, the Highland wildcat is probably the most vicious carnivore held in zoos in Britain.
The Highland wildcat is, in short, a magnificent predator. However, it is also a highly endangered one. Indeed, according to a report published last week, Felis silvestris grampia is now hovering at the edge of extinction and could be wiped out, in the wild, in the next few months.
A report, produced by the Scottish Wildcat Association, reviewed 2,000 records of camera trap recordings, eyewitness reports and road kills, and concluded there may be only about 40 wildcats left in Scotland in the wild today.