The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit

The planet’s human population increases by more than 200,000 people every day. At the same time, global consumption and inequality are rising. As a result, our planetary footprint is unsustainable, with 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:


Help WildCRU’s conservation science from lockdown

April 3, 2020

If you are at home and looking for a way to engage in conservation, you CAN make a difference even from afar! Help us to classify our camera ... Read full story

Nadine Adrianna Sugianto’s career path: from veterinary medicine, to badgers in Oxford, and now orangutans

April 1, 2020

Dr. Nadine Adrianna Sugianto completed her DPhil with WildCRU in 2018 on reproductive biology of the European badger (Meles meles). We are delighted to congratulate her at the beginning of her ... Read full story

Investigating the supply of wild Ball pythons for the global pet trade: first of a set of collaborative papers published

April 1, 2020

In an article published in Nature Conservation earlier last month, WildCRU associate Neil D’Cruze and senior researcher Lauren Harrington (together with Mark Auliya of the Zoological Research ... Read full story

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