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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News

Ruaha Carnivore Project featured in article about the future for Africa’s lions

July 20, 2016

Africa’s lions face an uncertain future but across the continent, conservation projects and their partners are working tirelessly to try to protect these incredible animals. One of those ... Read full story

EWCP Annual Report just out

July 19, 2016

The Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme is a partnership of WildCRU with the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority established in 1995. With a global population of fewer than 500 ... Read full story

WildCRU and RECaP revealing pine marten habitat use

July 11, 2016

A collaborative effort between WildCRU and RECaP Laboratory at Michingan State University, has set out to evaluate the habitat use of European Pine Martens. The pine marten has ... Read full story

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