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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 update December-January 2018

January 17, 2018

The latest update from our Ruaha Carnivore Project, run by WildCRU’s Dr Amy Dickman is now available. RCP Report December-January 2018 (PDF, 1.5 MB)

WildCRU alumnus featured in BBC Wildlife Magazine

January 11, 2018

WildCRU alumnus Carly Pettett, who studied UK hedgehogs for her doctoral thesis, spoke to BBC Wildlife Magazine about the potential interplay between badgers and hedgehog population numbers.... Read full story

Tits help reveal the private lives of bats

December 21, 2017

They might all look the same to the untrained eye, but the different species of small insectivorous bats living in Wytham Woods have distinct life histories. More than ... Read full story

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