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:


Latest Ruaha Carnivore Project update

October 9, 2018

The latest update from our Ruaha Carnivore Project (July to August 2018) is now available. Click here to read (2.2 MB, PDF)

WildCRU PhD Student wows local schools with Badger Research

October 8, 2018

Student on our long-running Badger Project, Tanesha Allen, has been working with the Royal Society to encourage students to take up STEM subjects, such as the sciences. ... Read full story

WildCRU alumnus promoted to Country Program Director of WCS Myanmar

October 3, 2018

WildCRU congratulates its accomplished alumnus, Saw Htun, a star of the Diploma class of 2010, and since then a close collaborator (Saw was a co-author of our ... Read full story

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