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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David Macdonald reports that 4000 people have read WildCRU’s new paper on crowdsourcing since it was published last month

April 26, 2017

Inspired by Linus Carl Pauling, the 1954 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, who remarked “The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the ... Read full story

David Macdonald and Alexandra Zimmermann celebrate a new partnership between the UK’s number one zoo with the world’s number one university to address key challenges in the conservation of endangered species

April 25, 2017

Chester Zoo and the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) have joined forces with the shared aim of delivering high-impact conservation research to address the global ... Read full story

You take the high road and I’ll take the low road: David Macdonald reports on a WildCRU collaborative study that reveals that Scottish badgers favour warmer lowland sites, but avoid human infrastructure

April 20, 2017

The WildCRU’s ever-growing portfolio of work on climate change, led by Chris Newman, has shown that badger population dynamics and behaviour respond sensitively to trends and variability in ... Read full story

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