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.

Video narrated by Prof David Macdonald. Created by, and used with the kind permission of United for Wildlife:


Batty trade-offs between survival and reproduction

February 11, 2019

There’s no such thing as a free lunch which, as David Macdonald reports, is a punishing truth for mammals, and especially for small ones. Survival and reproduction are ... Read full story

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

January 30, 2019

WildCRU's Dr Amy Dickman is spokesperson for National Geographic as they raise awareness of its Big Cats Initiative with a disappearing poster in London, designed by street artist, Dean ... Read full story

Moreangels Mbizah Selected as a TED Fellow

January 23, 2019

WildCRU's Moreangels Mbizah to present at TED2019, joining the newest class of 20 global visionaries. WildCRU alumnus Moreangels Mbizah has been selected as a TED Fellow, joining a class of ... Read full story

View all news »