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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Kalahari Cheetahs – adaptions to an arid region

July 18, 2018

In 2017 Gus and Margaret Mills published ‘Kalahari Cheetahs – adaptions to an arid region’. WildCRU is immensely proud to be associated with this highly praised publication. The book is ... Read full story

Date Announced for Conservation Geopolitics Forum 2018

July 16, 2018

The WildCRU Forum on Conservation Geopolitics: developing conversations across disciplines Save the Date 19th - 22nd March 2019 Worcester College, Oxford   Wildlife is threatened by challenges that are ... Read full story

Moreangels Mbizah represents Oxford at its best

July 3, 2018

Moreangels Mbizah represents Oxford at its best – finding, and nurturing, talent from wherever it may come, writes David Macdonald in celebration at the new National Geographic ... Read full story

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