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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News

Cecil Campaign: Update on our three Zimbabwean scholars

April 19, 2018

As always, we’re excited to share details of how the support from our generous donors has been used and what it has accomplished. We are particularly proud of ... Read full story

What has the killing of Cecil the lion got to do with terrorism? Not what you might think, explains David Macdonald with the publication of a new WildCRU paper as part of the Oxford Martin School’s Natural Governance programme

April 16, 2018

What has the killing of Cecil the lion got to do with terrorism? Not what you might think, explains David Macdonald with the publication of a new WildCRU ... Read full story

Citizen scientists may be just as effective as GPS collars for quantifying habitat selection by African wild dogs, but a great deal cheaper

April 16, 2018

Researchers from WildCRU, the Painted Dog Research Trust, and the RECaP Laboratory developed habitat selection models for the endangered African wild dog informed by the more traditional GPS ... Read full story

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