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:


David Macdonald celebrates a remarkable achievement for former WildCRU Panther, Tafadzwa Shumbu

May 21, 2019

Tafadzwa was a successful student on WildCRU’s Recanati-Kaplan Postgraduate Diploma. When he left us he returned to a post with Painted Dog Research Trust continuing to refine ... Read full story

Habitat use of the understudied ocelot in Brazilian Amazon basin using the species largest known dataset

May 9, 2019

Amazonia rainforest, a mysterious and wonderful land, supports more than half of the worlds’ species of plants and animals and also plays a major role in providing ecosystem ... Read full story

The IPBES Global Assessment on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services report is a wake-up call for us all. As a global community supporting Ethiopian wolf conservation: what are we doing and what can we do better?

May 8, 2019

  As crudely summarized in the first Intergovernmental Global Assessment on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report released today, terrestrial ecosystems and their wildlife are suffering from habitat ... Read full story

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