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.

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Ruaha Carnivore Project update March to April 2018

June 21, 2018

The latest update from our Ruaha Carnivore Project, run by WildCRU’s Dr Amy Dickman is now available. RCP Report March-April 2018 (PDF, 2.9 MB)

WildCRU Research Fellow lauded at ZSL awards

June 18, 2018

We all congratulate Mark Stanley-Price, a current member of WildCRU, and Susan Cheyne, one of our distinguished former members for the awards they received at ... Read full story

Large fenced reserves an effective way to bring wolves back to Scotland

June 14, 2018

David Macdonald led the WildCRU component of a team including the Universities of Sussex and Kent, that indicates that for wolves to be effective at directly reducing red ... Read full story

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