The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit

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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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A short interview from Professor David Macdonald, Finalist for the 2018 Award for Conservation Excellence

February 16, 2018

Selected as a Finalist for the 2018 Award for Conservation Excellence, David Macdonald gave this short interview of the work of the WildCRU and his vision for the ... Read full story

Thinking about neuroscience, David Macdonald writes:

February 8, 2018

Many a conservation project has depended on the skill of an indefatigable field biologist to tinker with the engine of a beaten-up, but cherished, Land Rover to nudge ... Read full story

The Oxford Real Farming Conference 2018 – David Macdonald speaks as part of a panel on biodiversity

February 6, 2018

A new study from German nature reserves reveals a 75% decline in flying insects over the past 27 years. What’s the reason? What are the implications – for ... Read full story

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