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:


‘Lockdown Walks’ with WildCRU’s Tanesha Allen

September 25, 2020

Take a walk on the wildside with WildCRU’s Tanesha Allen and, almost, meet a badger. Tanesha has submitted her doctorate on olfactory communication in badgers, and is ... Read full story

Mongabay reports on WildCRU’s Liz Campbell’s work on Atlas Golden Wolves

September 23, 2020

Research on Morocco’s little known canid, the African Golden Wolf, has been featured in an article published in Mongabay. The article features the Atlas Golden Wolf Project led by WildCRU's ... Read full story

WildCRU’s eLearning Wildlife Conservation Course piles up successes

September 14, 2020

The eLearning Wildlife Conservation Course (eWCC) conceived by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit and directed by our treasured alumnus Dr. Cedric Tan has enjoyed numerous   successes, ... Read full story

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