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 welcomes a new partnership for WildCRU and congratulates TripAdvisor on their sector-leading commitment to wild animal welfare and conservation

October 12, 2016

Tom Moorhouse and I were thrilled at the large international response to our paper, which was published exactly a year ago, exploring the impacts of tourism on wild ... Read full story

Divided we fall: conservation for the next generations

October 12, 2016

WildCRU alumnus and collaborator, Dr Dominic Johnson, Alistair Buchan Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford, draws on the Cecil Summit for inspiration on how ... Read full story

Ruaha Carnivore Project April-August 2016 Update

October 10, 2016

The latest update from the Ruaha Carnivore Project is available to read here (PDF, 170kb). It features the Lion Guardian Games, the expansion of community camera-trapping, the ... Read full story

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