New book goes in search of the Highland tiger

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Tracking the Highland Tiger is a nature narrative by Marianne Taylor going in search of the mysterious and rarely seen Scottish wildcat – Britain’s rarest mammal and one of the most endangered carnivores in the world.

The Scottish wildcat’s guile and ferocity are the stuff of legend. No
docile pet cat, but a cunning and shadowy animal, elusive to the
point of invisibility, fearless in the face of danger.

Throughout time, those who saw one would always remember its beauty – the cloak of dense fur marked with bold tiger stripes, the green-eyed
stare and haughty sneer, and the broad, banded tail whisking
away into the forest’s gloom.

Driven to the remnants of Scotland’s wilderness, the last few
wildcats now face the most insidious danger from their domesticated cousins.

Estimates suggest that the population of Scottish wildcats could be as low as just 30, and they remain on the very brink of extinction.

In Tracking the Highland Tiger, the author/illustrator and photographer who has written many natural history books, goes on an adventure through history, literature and the Scottish Highlands to catch a glimpse of Britain’s rarest mammal and meet the people striving to save it from extinction.

At a time when Britain’s wildlife is in steep decline, Tracking the Highland Tiger is a story of hope, and how, through conservation efforts, we can begin to turn things around.

The hardback book is out on June 13 for £16.99. Other books from Marianne Taylor include Way of the Hare, Dragonflight, British Birds of Prey and RSPB British Naturefinder.