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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Oxford University collaboration wins ‘green Oscar’ for conservation

May 18, 2017

WildCRU congratulates Ximena Velez-Liendo who, on 18th May, won a prestigious Whitley Award, present by HRH Princess Anne. Ximena is the first post-doctoral Chester Conservation Fellow at the ... Read full story

First Madagascan in 800 years of Oxford University’s history to submit a doctoral thesis, writes David Macdonald

May 11, 2017

We were proud when, in 2008, Mr Herizo Andrianandrasana came to the WildCRU to study for our Recanti-Kaplan Centre Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice - ... Read full story

Old Mother Hubbard, and her famously bare cupboard, foresaw a danger that has left the world low on big cats and threatens to finish off those that remain, writes David Macdonald: African lions face same threats as extinct sabre-toothed tigers

May 10, 2017

The seven big cats that went extinct towards the end of the last ice age, including several sabre-toothed cats, are those which lost the greatest proportion of their ... Read full story

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