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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Ecosystem and Habitat Management: Research, Policy and Practice

May 16, 2018

“Ecosystem and Habitat Management: Research, Policy and Practice” was the theme of a recent and highly successful Association of Applied Biologists’ (AAB’s) two-day conference at the University of ... Read full story

The Pond Collection at WildCRU – an interview with Dr Caroline Pond

May 14, 2018

The Pond Collection at WildCRU headquarters in Tubney is a wonderful zoological asset. Donated by Dr Caroline Pond, the Collection is a by-product of four decades of her ... Read full story

Green Oscar for WildCRU collaborator, Anjali Watson, for her work with Sri Lankan leopards

April 26, 2018

Huge congratulations to Anjali Watson for winning a 2018 Whitley Award, with which she was presented by HRH Princess Anne at the Royal Geographical Society. We are ... Read full story

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