Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant is delighted to attend the 50th anniversary of Highland Wildlife Park today and says that their research and conservation work is “a credit to the Highland region”.
The MSP is today touring the park and reflecting on its many successes over the past 50 years. Including, very recently, the birth of another 10 Scottish Wildcats to the park as part of a wildcat captive breeding programme which has been set to save the species.
Rhoda Grant MSP has had a close relationship with the park as she is a Species Champion for the Scottish Wildcat. This means she advocates for the species in the Scottish Parliament and she lends political support to the protection of Scotland’s threatened wildlife.
Today she received an update on the new proposed developments, the pine hoverfly breeding programme, saw the european grey wolves, european forest reindeer and saw wildcats Blair, Katrine and Staffa and received an update on the wildcat conservation programme.
Speaking after visiting the park today Rhoda Grant MSP said: “I’m delighted to be here today to celebrate this incredible achievement by the Highland Wildlife Park. The park is truly is a credit to the region.
“The park has come a long way since its opening. Many older visitors will remember Felicity the Puma and the younger visitors will currently be keen to spot Brodie the Polar Bear as well as the new wildcats. The park is cherished by many of us for the fun it provides – for all ages. But not only that, it contributes to conservation the local economy, education and tourism which is great to see.
“I congratulate the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the staff who work within the park, past and present, for reaching this fantastic milestone.”