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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Creating conservation solutions for living together

March 14, 2018

WildCRU’s P&W initiative is joining forces with the IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force, a global advisory group of experts from a range of subjects working ... Read full story

Lion Hearted: The Life and Death of Cecil & the Future of Africa’s Iconic Cats

March 9, 2018

New autobiography by Andrew Loveridge Published by Regan Arts, Press Release excerpts with their permission: “UNTIL THE LION HAS ITS OWN STORYTELLER, TALES OF THE LION HUNT WILL ALWAYS GLORIFY THE HUNTER.” ... Read full story

New study confirms Cambodia’s last leopards on brink of extinction

March 2, 2018

We are not sure whether to be excited or horrified to have discovered that our search for clouded leopards in Cambodia caused us to find the last enclave ... Read full story

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