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:


Akchousanh Rasphone, the first Laotian women to graduate with a doctorate from the University of Oxford

August 7, 2019

WildCRU celebrates the inspirational achievements of Akchousanh Rashphone as she graduates with a doctorate from The University of Oxford, securing her place in history as the first ever ... Read full story

Tanesha Allen Highly Commended in the Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards

July 12, 2019

Tanesha Allen, a WildCRU DPhil student studying olfactory communication in European badgers, has been "Highly Commended" at the Vice-Chancellor's Public Engagement with Research Awards for her citizen ... Read full story

WildCRU at ICCB in Kuala Lumpur

July 11, 2019

ICCB is a global forum for addressing conservation challenges and for presenting new research in conservation science and practice. WildCRU are pleased to have a number of delegates hosting workshops, joining sessions, and presenting at ... Read full story

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