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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The Okavango Delta Carnivore Survey

May 25, 2018

Part of Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, the Trans-Kalahari Predator Programme, has been operating in Botswana since 2013. Our main focus is the conservation of large ... Read full story

Andean Bear Project Awarded Darwin Initiative Grant

May 25, 2018

A Darwin Initiative grant has been awarded to a project run by Chester Zoo, in collaboration with WildCRU, for its work on human-wildlife conflict, working with communities for ... Read full story

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

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