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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There was a time when leopards were thought to be irrepressibly resilient to anything that people could inflict upon them, from remorseless persecution to urbanisation, writes David Macdonald

March 27, 2017

True, one of the most expansive mammalian geographic ranges is a testament to adaptability and we might expect it to yield fascinating extremes of intra-specific variation. True, also that ... Read full story

7 principles for ethical decision making in wildlife management

February 20, 2017

A globally diverse panel of 20 experts in wildlife conservation, management and welfare, including WildCRU’s Dr Sandra Baker, have produced the first international principles for ethical decision-making ... Read full story

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