Cecil and the conservation of lions

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The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit

The planet’s human population increases by more than 200,000 people every day. This exerts ever more severe and intensifying pressure on finite natural resources throughout the world. The resulting environmental degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change destroys nature and impacts human well-being. The mission of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) is to achieve practical solutions to conservation problems through original scientific research. Our research is used worldwide to advise environmental policy-makers. The need for our efforts is greater than ever.

Part of the University of Oxford’s Department of Zoology, WildCRU is a pioneering, inter-disciplinary research unit in a world-class academic centre. We underpin solutions to conservation problems through primary scientific research of the highest calibre. Our approach is empirical, interdisciplinary and collaborative, seeking to include all four elements of our “Conservation Quartet” research to understand and address the problem; education to explain it; community involvement to ensure participation and acceptance; and implementation of long-term solutions.

 Wildlife Conservation on Farmland Two Volume Set

Synthesizing the results of over 25 years’ of research, this two volume set highlights and examines the most important challenges facing farmers, conservationists, and policy makers, using examples of real-life, linked studies from a farmed landscape which bridge the divide between the theory and practice of wildlife conservation on farmland using an integrated and interdisciplinary approach drawing on ecology, behaviour, epidemiology, genetics, parasitology, biochemistry, physiology, and environmental economics.

Until end-December 2015 this set is available for the discounted price of £59.50 (RRP £85.00). See flyer here for details (PDF).




A Call to World’s Creative Minds – Can you think for tigers?

November 17, 2015

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and World Animal Protection have launched “Think for Tigers”, an online competition today to find an innovative idea, product or solution that will ... Read full story

David Macdonald explains how WildCRU research is revealing the rich social lives of carnivores

November 11, 2015

Everybody knows that many mammals, even some quite big ones, take sanctuary in underground burrows, and anybody whose childhood was enriched by the stories of Beatrix Potter can ... Read full story

All that glisters is not gold, and David Macdonald explains that only a fraction of the cats living wild in Scotland are Scottish wildcats

November 9, 2015

For well over a decade we have wrestled with the problem of how to diagnose a genuine Scottish wildcat and to distinguish them from the wild-living feral cats ... Read full story

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