Making the Scottish wildcat purebred again by de-introgression (infographic)

Restoring the Scottish wildcat through de-introgression

I think this story very much lends itself to an infographic as the technique described for attempting to restore the hybridized Scottish wildcat to its pure former pure self is essentially straightforward although technically it is a very tricky process that might not work satisfactorily. In order to be a success, it has to …

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News roundup on the rewilding in the UK of wildcats

Scottish wildcat in the highlands of Scotland

There appears to be a concerted effort to rewild the UK with the wildcat which is probably extinct throughout the UK although some think that the wildcat is still present in very small numbers (400?) but others think those cats are wildcat x domestic/feral cat hybrids and the wildcat is extinct in the UK. …

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Information about the hybridisation of the Scottish wildcat

Scottish wildcat

We know that the Scottish wildcat is either already extinct or heading towards extinction in the wild and in captivity because purebred Scottish wildcats have been mating with domestic and stray or feral cats particularly over the past 60 years creating hybrids which are half purebred Scottish wildcat and half domestic cats. They look …

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Scottish wildcat is ‘genomically extinct’ as there are no purebred Scottish wildcats in 2023

Scottish wildcat

A recent study has once again looked at the concerning situation regarding the extinction of the Scottish wildcat which is actually a European wildcat living in Scotland. About 15 years ago scientists knew that the Scottish wildcat was near extinction because of hybridisation with domestic and feral cats in Scotland. Acceleration of wildcats mating …

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Scottish wildcats bred in captivity released into the wild in Scotland

Scottish wildcat

In an effort to stave off the possibility of extinction of the Scottish wildcat in the wild, a collaboration between the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, NatureScot, Forestry and Land Scotland and the Cairngorms National Park Authority under the umbrella of project “Saving Wildcats”, twenty-two wildcats were bred in captivity and the first group …

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Police seize Scottish wildcat from charity and it’s downhill from there

Scottish wildcat

NEWS AND VIEWS: The police have been at it again; screwing up and messing around. And telling fibs, I’d say. In the UK can we trust the police anymore? No, I’m afraid not. In this story, a wildlife charity in Wales, Wildcat Haven, was looking after a rescued Scottish wildcat kitten called Finlay. He …

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Pet tabby cat seized by Welsh police thinking it might be a Scottish wildcat

Scottish wildcat

NEWS AND COMMENT-CONWY, NORTH WALES: This is a bizarre story which makes me scratch my head in bemusement. Arguably, there are no Scottish wildcats left on the planet because the very rare ones that might look like Scottish wildcats are in fact hybrids having mated with local feral or stray cats. And the only …

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Pictures of cats: how the Scottish wildcat should look in front of a camera

Picture of how a Scottish wildcat should look when photographed

If you are photographing a Scottish wildcat (and it will be in captivity almost certainly) you are going to get a fierce look as you can see in this photograph because they are renowned for their aggressivity in the nicest possible way because they are called a “wildcat”. They’re meant to be aggressive towards …

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