We’re delighted to announce the arrival of two critically endangered Scottish wildcats here at Dartmoor Zoo!
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.”
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.
The club and Trust will commit to a range of initiatives, including fundraising support, outreach assistance, staff volunteering, in-kind services, and event sponsorship.
Coral Jonas, Deputy CEO of DZS, said: “Dartmoor Zoo is delighted to have been chosen as a charity partner of the Plymouth Argyle Community Trust for the 2021/22 season. The Zoo is unique to many zoological conservation projects as helping people is as important to us as helping wildlife. Our Wellness Through Nature and educational programmes support adults and children to improve their mental and emotional health and physical wellbeing by inspiring and empowering them to be more connected with the natural world. We are looking forward to working with Plymouth Argyle on some new initiatives which will enable more people to benefit from spending time outdoors and engaging with nature.”
Dartmoor Zoological Society and Dash of Silver are the club’s first-ever chosen charity partners, following the development of a specific and targeted charity policy during the off-season.
Plymouth Argyle CEO, Andrew Parkinson, said: “We are pleased to be able to confirm our first-ever chosen charity partners for the 21/22 campaign, and look forward to collaborating on projects and using the power of Argyle to help create measurable impact for the charities and the projects they deliver.”