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:


Dr Christina Buesching publishes a new book on olfactory communication

September 9, 2019

David Macdonald celebrates history going full circle with the  publication of Dr Christina Buesching’s remarkable new book on olfactory communication: I formally founded the WildCRU in 1986, ... Read full story

Tigers burning bright in a small Himalayan Kingdom

September 2, 2019

Global tiger conservation is at a crossroad. The numbers of   tigers and expanse of their habitat have plummeted to a critical level in the last century. Some scientists ... Read full story

David Macdonald writes with excellent news following CITES decisions

August 27, 2019

I was thrilled this morning to hear news from Dr Neil d’Cruze at CITES. Neil, a member of the WildCRU team, together with Dr Lauren Harrington ... Read full story

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