The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit

The planet’s human population increases by more than 200,000 people every day. At the same time, global consumption and inequality are rising. As a result, our planetary footprint is unsustainable, with 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.

Video narrated by Prof David Macdonald. Created by, and used with the kind permission of United for Wildlife:


‘Research Spotlight’ on WildCRU DPhil student, Tanesha Allen

October 18, 2019

Lanisha Butterfield writes for the The University of Oxford's Science Blog: Research Spotlight: Amazing people at Oxford who you should know about Black female scientists have historically borne the brunt ... Read full story

WildCRU Academic Visitor, Dr Vivienne Williams, enjoys productive visit to All Souls

October 17, 2019

Dr Vivienne Williams, lead author of WildCRU/TRAFFIC original report on the lion bone trade, which has sparked a developing literature on the topic (largely written by WildCRU ... Read full story

Darem the Lion Defender

October 16, 2019

Improving local awareness of wildlife and its conservation is a key element of WildCRU’s work across the world. In Tanzania’s Ruaha landscape, our Ruaha Carnivore Project has ... Read full story

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