Wolf Cubs Born in Cairngorms National Park
A litter of six adorable wolf cubs was born this summer in Cairngorms National Park. The cubs are the first wolf pups bred in the Cairngorms since 2013, with the pups’ mum, Ruby, being born in the park in 2012.
The cubs are reportedly quite shy and wary, but are slowly venturing from their den to explore their 4,500 square metre habitat in the aptly named Wolf Wood.
Wolves were once native in the wild in Scotland, but were hunted to extinction in the 1740s.
Discover the wolf pack and other amazing wildlife at the Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig.
About the Cairngorms
The Cairngorms National Park was set up in 2003 and is 4,528 square kilometres in area, making it 40% larger than the Lake District and twice the size of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. Five of Scotland’s six highest mountains lie within the park and the land above 600 metres in height is the largest area of arctic landscape in the British Isles (perfect for a spot of skiing!)
The Cairngorms is home to 25% of the UK’s threatened bird, animal and plant species. The park boasts species of pine marten, red squirrels, badgers, wildcats and otters, while the rivers feature a rising population of endangered freshwater pearl mussel.
The Cairngorms are the habitat of the majestic Golden Eagle and the rare Scottish Wildcat. The Wildcat population is protected by conservation work at the park, aiming to reduce the chances of cross breeding and lower the risk of feline diseases. The Scottish Wildcat is an iconic Scottish animal and yet it is rarer than the Bengal tiger – something that The Cairngorms Wildcat Project hopes to remedy.
If you’re out walking or cycling the many trails of the park, or doing a bit of hillwalking or snow sports – keep your eyes peeled for the Golden Eagle swooping overhead, the red squirrel scurrying up trees or even some rare butterflies or insects fluttering past.
The hotel is situated in Aviemore, within The Cairngorms National Park. The Highland Wildlife Park is a 20-minute drive from the hotel. It’s the perfect outdoor family-friendly day out during your stay at Hilton Coylumbridge!