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:


The Guardian features Dr Amy Dickman on their Science Weekly podcast

December 4, 2019

As featured in The Guardian Science Weekly: Amy Dickman on her life of big cat conservation 'Dr Amy Dickman is an internationally renowned conservation biologist. She’s ... Read full story

Tutilo Mudumba, WildCRU Panther alumnus, completes his doctorate

December 4, 2019

WildCRU congratulates Tutilo Mudumba on the successful completion of his PhD this year (2019). In 2011 Tutilo joined us to undertake the Recanati-Kaplan Centre Postgraduate Diploma in International ... Read full story

WildCRU’s Adjany Costa awarded the Order of Civil Merit of the first Degree by the President of the Republic of Angola João Lourenço

November 14, 2019

It is with admiration and pride that we at WildCRU witness Adjany Costa, WildCRU graduate student, receiving awards and accolades celebrating her dedication and achievements in the ... Read full story

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