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:


The achievements of Akchousanh Rasphone

November 15, 2018

WildCRU toasts the great achievements of Akchousanh Rasphone who, last week, has just accomplished a very successful viva on her doctoral thesis.... Read full story

David Macdonald writes of WildCRU’s pride at the success of Dr Moreangels Mbizah

November 14, 2018

Last week at the remarkable Business of Conservation conference in Kigali I learned that the African Leadership University had appointed a Conservationist in Residence – what a brilliant ... Read full story

The African Leadership University’s Business of Conservation Conference

November 5, 2018

Philip Ihenacho (of Africa Nature Investors, Nigeria) and WildCRU’s David Macdonald meeting His Excellency President Paul Kagame at the African Leadership University’s Business of Conservation Conference in Kigali which ... Read full story

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