Don’t Forget Your Boots

Dr Paul O’Donoghue of the Scottish Wildcat Haven

May 10, 2019

In this podcast, I sit down with Dr. Paul O'Donoghue, a wildlife biologist and the Chief Scientific Advisor of the Scottish Wildcat Haven. The Scottish Wildcat is the most endangered mammal in Britain and one of the rarest animals in the world. These Wildcats, which used to inhabit all of Great Britain, now can only be found in the Scottish Highlands, and are facing genetic extinction largely due to inbreeding with domestic cats.

Paul explains how Wildcats went from being deeply embedded and revered in Scottish culture, even appearing on clans emblems, to now going virtually extinct.