Prof Claudio Sillero
WildCRU Deputy Director
Bill Travers Fellow for Wildlife Conservation, Lady Margaret Hall
James Marsh Professor at Large, University of Vermont
I was born in Argentina where I graduated as a zoologist (Universidad Nacional de La Plata 1984), and obtained my DPhil on the behavioural ecology of the Ethiopian wolf (Oxford 1994). I joined WildCRU in 1988 and currently I am responsible for its overseas projects, with an emphasis on logistics and safety to ensure our graduates and staff deliver good research and conservation practice worldwide.
I am a conservation biologist interested in threatened species, wildlife monitoring disease dynamics and protected area management, with 30 years of experience spanning four continents and working in many countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mongolia, Mozambique, Niger, Peru and Senegal. I have worked for Universities, NGOs, host country governments and international organizations. I am increasingly involved in the relationships between wildlife and rural communities, biodiversity conservation policy and practices, and the mitigation of conflict between wildlife and human interests.
In 1995 I founded the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme and received the Whitley Award for Animal Conservation from the Royal Geographical Society in 1998 for my work in Ethiopia.
As part of a long and fruitful partnership with the Born Free Foundation I am their Head of Conservation, providing advice on conservation policy and managing a large portfolio of field projects. I have been the Chair of the IUCN Canid Specialist Group since 2004, the international body responsible for the conservation of wolves, jackals, dogs and foxes. In that role I have supported many field projects and co-edited the IUCN Canid Action Plan and a book on wild canids.
Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme
People & Wildlife Initiative
The Born Free Foundation
The IUCN Canid specialist Group
Rueness, E.K., Gulbrandsen Asmyhr, M., Sillero-Zubiri, C., Macdonald, D.W., Bekele, A., Atickem, A., and Stenseth, N.C. 2011. The cryptic African wolf: Canis aureus lupaster is not a golden jackal. PLoS ONE 6(1):e16385.
Marino, J., Bennett, M., Cossios, D., Iriarte, A., Lucherini, M., Pliscoff, P., Sillero-Zubiri, C., Villalba, L., and Walker, S. 2010. Modeling rare species: conservation implications of bioclimatic constrains to Andean cat distribution. Biodiversity and Distributions 17:311-322.
Hoffmann, M., … Sillero-Zubiri, C…. et al. 2010. The impact of conservation on the status of the world's vertebrates. Science 330:1503-1509.
Sillero-Zubiri, C. 2009. The Canidae. In: Wilson, D. and R Mittermeier (Ed). The Handbook of the Mammals of the World Vol 1. Carnivora, Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
Schipper, J. … Sillero-Zubiri, C…. et al. 2008. The status of the world's land and marine mammals: diversity, threat, and knowledge. Science 322:225-230.
Haydon, D.T., Randall, D.A., Matthews, L., Knobel, D.L., Tallents, L.A., Gravenor, M.B., Williams, S.D., Pollinger, J.P., Cleaveland, S., Woolhouse, M.E.J., Sillero-Zubiri, C., Marino, J., Macdonald, D.W. and Laurenson, M.K. 2006. Low-coverage vaccination strategies for the conservation of endangered species. Nature 443:692-695.
Marino, J., Sillero-Zubiri, C. and Macdonald, D.W. 2006. Trends, dynamics and resilience of an Ethiopian wolf population. Animal Conservation 9:49-58.
Randall, D.A., S.D. Williams, I.V. Kuzmin, C.E. Rupprecht; L.A. Tallents, Z. Tefera, K. Argaw, F. Shiferaw, D.L. Knobel, C. Sillero-Zubiri, and M.K. Laurenson. 2004. Rabies in endangered Ethiopian wolves. Emerging Infectious Diseases 10:2214-2217.
Sillero-Zubiri, C., M. Hoffmann, and D.W. Macdonald (Eds.). 2004. Canids: foxes, wolves, jackals and dogs: status survey and conservation action plan, second edition. IUCN Canid Specialist Group, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.
Macdonald, D.W., and C. Sillero-Zubiri (Eds.). 2004. The biology and conservation of wild canids. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Sillero-Zubiri, C., and D.W. Macdonald (Eds.). 1997. The Ethiopian wolf: status survey and conservation action plan. IUCN The World Conservation Union. Gland, Switzerland. 123 p.
Sillero-Zubiri, C., D. Gottelli, and D.W. Macdonald. 1996. Male philopatry, extra-pack copulations and inbreeding avoidance in Ethiopian wolves Canis simensis. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 38:331-340.
Conservation of threatened species, mitigation of people-wildlife conflict, impacts of disease, protected areas management, transfrontier conservation and the role of networks in conservation. I maintain an interest in the behavioural ecology of carnivores, particularly the biology and conservation of wild canids, focus of my early research.
ProjectsReproductive Physiology of Ethiopian wolves
Sahara Carnivores Project
Conservation science for common ground: Developing tools to manage livestock grazing in the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia
Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme
People and Wildlife Initiative
IUCN Canid Specialist Group
High Andes Conservation Without Borders
Impact and mitigation of off road tourism on High Andes
Satpuda Landscape Tiger Programme
Jaguars in the fringe
View more publications by Professor Claudio Sillero
radio-tracking corsac foxes in Mongolia
Claudio releasing an Ethiopian wolf after vaccination. Bale
Claudio in the High Andes, at over 5,000 m asl in the triple frontier between Argentina, Bolivia and Chile