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.

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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

Pathways Africa 2020

November 11, 2019

WildCRU members, Amy Dickman and Alayne Cotterill, are two of six founding members of The Pride Lion Conservation Alliance - an alliance of carnivore conservation organisation ... Read full story

The Oppenheimer Research Conference 2019

November 7, 2019

Every year the Oppenheimer Research Conference brings together select individuals and organisations operating and/or interested in the fields of natural and environmental science. It is an academic research ... Read full story

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