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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Ruaha Carnivore Project 2015 Annual Report

August 24, 2016

The 2015 Annual Report for the Ruaha Carnivore Project has been released. WildCRU's Dr Amy Dickman says, "We trust you will enjoy finding out more about our work ... Read full story

Cecil Summit coming in September 2016

August 4, 2016

In early September, the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), together with Panthera, is holding a workshop to consider future initiatives to conserve the African lion. The topic ... Read full story

Ruaha Carnivore Project featured in article about the future for Africa’s lions

July 20, 2016

Africa’s lions face an uncertain future but across the continent, conservation projects and their partners are working tirelessly to try to protect these incredible animals. One of those ... Read full story

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