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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Wildlife Conservation Course 2017 – Conservation Heroes – featured in New Straits Times, Malaysia

October 16, 2017

Threats of habitat loss, climate change and overexploitation create havoc in the world as the new Conservation Heroes emerge and battle against these evil forces. These heroes have ... Read full story

A Historic Pledge for Big Cats

October 16, 2017

Visionary Chinese philanthropist and entrepreneur Madame He Qiaonyu has joined Panthera's Global Alliance for Wild Cats, committing $20 million over the next decade to fund conservation programs devoted ... Read full story

Clouded leopard population down to ‘around 750’ in key region of Borneo

October 16, 2017

A new study led by Oxford scientists has produced the first robust estimate of the number of Sunda clouded leopards remaining in the state of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. The ... Read full story

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