As pure carnivores, eating only meat, Scottish wildcats are equipped with excellent day and night motion-sensitive vision and incredible hearing, making them lethal hunters. These animals are notoriously difficult to see in the wild, their very thick, well-groomed and heavily-striped coat camouflages them into their environment.
Size: Up to 98cm long
Weight: Up to 8kg
Life span: Up to 15 years in captivity
Threats: Hybridisation, disease, persecution
Habitat: Windblown forestry areas, mountain foothills, meadows
Distribution: Scottish Highlands
Conservation status: Data deficient (DD)