The Tigers Of Scotland
Scottish Wildcats are the UK’s only big cat and are among the rarest mammals in the world.
Bringing knowledge of their existence and awareness of their status to a wider audience is crucial to facilitating their survival.
Just how rare are they?
Scottish Wildcats are a distinctly different species than your typical domestic house cat and are in fact around 25% larger than your neighbourhood moggy.
Estimated number of remaining
MANY BRITONS AREN'T AWARE THAT WE HAVE A NATIVE BIG CAT
Scottish Wildcats are affectionately known as ‘Highland Tigers’. The name originates from their striped fur and that they’re not only one of Britain’s largest predators, but the UK’s only ‘big cat’.
The Tigers of Scotland is an hour long documentary by Wild Films Ltd and narrated by Iain Glen. It focuses on the fragile existence of the Wildcats, their status and what conservation efforts are being undertaken to ensure their survival. Bringing knowledge of their existence and awareness of their status to a wider audience is crucial to preventing their extinction.
The Tigers of Scotland is distributed by 7 Palms Entertainment and is available to watch on the following platforms:
The documentary is led by interviews with top experts in Wildcat conservation. The involvement of these leading authoritative figures provides an unparalleled insight into the status of the Wildcat, it's plight and the conservation efforts being undertaken in an attempt to save it from extinction.
Shot in 4K
Using cinema quality equipment ensures the highest production standard. The Tigers of Scotland was shot and mastered in 4K resolution - future proofing it for broadcast and cinema distribution, plus utilises cutting edge low-light and thermal camera equipment for unparalleled nocturnal footage.
Myths And Legends
Cait Sìth (pronounced 'cat-shee') is a character that appears in Scots, Irish, Welsh and English traditional tales, most notably in the following story The King Of The Cats.
Undoubtedly inspired by the real life Scottish Wildcat, Cait Sìth is just one example of how the now endangered species was once an integral part of the culture and literature of the British Isles. The Cheshire Cat is another such instance - most recognisably in Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland.
The King Of The Cats is an ancient legend passed down over the centuries by word of mouth until it reached the pen of John Rice, our writer and professional poet. Clinic Motion Media created this animation to accompany The Tigers Of Scotland, and with Iain Glen as our storyteller, the tale can be recounted once again.
A few words about
We’ve spoken to some of the leading experts regarding the Wildcat’s prospect of survival.
I would say the Wildcat is probably one of the most rare species in Britain. That’s probably due to two different things. There is the fact that Wildcats, being a cat and being a predator, they’re naturally very elusive animals anyway. But also, there are very, very few of them left, so they’re very rare animals. They’re one of the most difficult animals to see in Britain.
I think if we don’t do something - something really significant - we’re going to lose this really iconic, emblematic species from the Scottish Highlands, and that would be a dreadful thing. We’ve really got to work hard, and by “we” I mean everybody who lives and works in the countryside. We all need to be doing our bit because I think we can save it.
The Wildcat unfortunately has this relationship with the domestic cat where it produces fully fertile young. So once you get a young hybrid Wildcat/domestic cat, it can breed with a Wildcat again and so you can keep on diluting the genes, and this is a big problem.
With recent research it’s really starting to look like numbers are much, much lower than we first appreciated. Within the Scottish Wildcat population, we really don’t know if there’s even a one hundred percent pure Wildcat. All the ones that have been tested so far, there has been no one hundred percent Wildcat.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR
Thank you to everyone who has contributed towards the film. Without your help this film would not have been possible.
DIRECTOR, PRODUCER & CINEMATOGRAPHER
Leanne Gater is an award winning wildlife photographer and filmmaker. Her photography has been exhibited all across the world, including Times Square in New York and at the Louvre in Paris. More recently, she was named in the top five wildlife filmmakers by Movidiam.
An accomplished wildlife filmmaker, she has produced, shot and edited her own wildlife films on Red Squirrels and Puffins. Additionally, she has chartered boats to film whales off the coast of Whitby, plus tracked and filmed wild red deer, pine martens and even reindeer all over Scotland.
CINEMATOGRAPHER & PRODUCER
Alex Stone is an award-winning Cinematographer and although he normally shoots narrative fiction films, his expertise as a cinematographer will be invaluable for creating a visually engaging project.
He has a keen aptitude for the outdoors and regularly enjoys filming and photographing both landscapes and wildlife, often whilst wildcamping and living out of a backpack.
John Rice is a successful Scottish poet and writer whose work frequently features wildlife and the natural world.
He has held a number of notable positions in the Arts world and has had several books published for both children and adults. He joins the project as a writer as his expertise in both wildlife and writing will be extremely beneficial to weaving a compelling narrative.
Iain Glen is an acclaimed Scottish stage and screen actor, best known for his role in Game of Thrones as Ser Jorah Mormont.
He lends his voice to the narration, guiding and informing the viewers throughout the documentary with an authentic Scottish accent!