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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Mongabay reports on the difficulties facing young conservationists

August 17, 2017 spoke to young conservationists about their experiences finding work. The article examines how a tight job market and high educational and experience requirements are preventing many finding ... Read full story

The crude aphorism has it that money talks, but according to an Opinion piece just published by John Vucetich and David Macdonald, it doesn’t talk loudly enough to deliver carnivore conservation

August 15, 2017

Professor Vucetich, a Visiting Scientist at WildCRU, and David are keenly aware that there are circumstances where wildlife can pay its own way, and that these credits to ... Read full story

Why we need trees outside woods

August 15, 2017

Trees outside woods, such as copses, hedgerows, scattered and urban trees, provide multiple ecosystem services and are incredibly important in today’s human dominated and fragmented landscapes. Yet they ... Read full story

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