The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit

The planet’s human population increases by more than 200,000 people every day. At the same time, global consumption and inequality are rising. As a result, our planetary footprint is unsustainable, with 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:


Jackal survival affected by leopards and humans

May 27, 2020

If it’s not one thing it’s another – there’s always danger on one guise or another around every corner, writes David Macdonald in introducing a remarkable new study ... Read full story

The New York Times reports ‘The Ghost Dogs of the Amazon Get a Bit Less Mysterious’

May 13, 2020

Research on the the Amazon's only endemic canid, the short-eared dog, has been published in Royal Society Open Science by Daniel Rocha who worked on this study while ... Read full story

How Prides of Lion Researchers are Evolving to be Interdisciplinary

May 4, 2020

A new Special Issue on the interdisciplinary dimensions of research on human-lion conflict has just been published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. WildCRU congratulates the editors, ... Read full story

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