Recent studies show that too few live wildcats were left in the wild for the species to survive.
The disease has developed as a result of decades of crossbreeding with domestic cats.
The new wildcat stock will come from the Scottish-caught pets and pure-bred cats of the continent’s captive-bred species.
The cats will be born in a new specialist facility in the Highlands as part of the multi-million-pound Restauration program Save Wildcats.
Locations in the Cairngorms are tested as release sites for suitability.
Due to a £ 3.2 million grant from the European Union, the project was granted a go-ahead, with the very first cats due to being released in 2022.
The reintroduction centre will be located in Kincraig, near Aviemore, the Highland Wildlife Park, which is already home to the species ‘ captive breeding operation.
Helen Senn, head of conservation and science programs at the charity of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), which runs the wildlife park, said: “Wildcats in Scotland are on the brink of extinction, but it’s not too late.
“With financing in place, launching the UK’s first wildcat launch campaign and putting together all the resources and expertise needed to make this happen is incredibly exciting.
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“The reintroduction centre will provide a stable supply of wildcats for years to come by using wildcats from the current captive population as well as cats from Europe to improve the gene pool.
“Historically, the Cairngorms have been a key part of the wildcat collection, and we are working closely with collaborators to identify our favourite first-release location. More wildcat releases may also occur in other strategically significant areas around Scotland, with the potential to help excellently-planned future projects in the rest of the UK. “Scottish Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham said:” Wildcat is one of our most famous Scottish animals but it faces serious challenges in its survival.
“We have a fantastic group of scientists and specialists in Scotland who are working with the Scottish Government, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and others to explore all ways of saving the species. Today is a crucial step towards the survival of the ‘ Highland Tiger ‘ in Scotland, but there is still a lot of work to be done. ”
Andrew Kitchener, chairman of the Scottish Wildcat Action National Rescue Program, said:” The Scottish Wildcat Action Partnership is delighted with this news and it is a testament to the strong working partnership that we have been able to build under Scottish Wildcat Action.