I am a wildlife researcher interested in a range of conservation and animal welfare issues. Through my research, I seek to obtain the evidence required to demonstrate the commonalities between these two scientific disciplines. This data is used to inform the development and implementation of practical solutions that simultaneously reduce the unnecessary suffering of wild animals whilst protecting wild populations.
Since 2004, I have led biodiversity focussed field research projects throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Central America for a variety of national and international NGOs. The majority of my field studies have been dedicated to generating baseline ecological data for previously unexplored areas and have focused on a range of different taxa.
I have also been involved in addressing a wide range of complex issues including wildlife farming, human-wildlife conflict, and wildlife trade. My efforts have helped to improve the welfare and conservation status of a wide range of different species including Sloth bears in India, Civets in Indonesia, Brown bears in Turkey, and Green turtles in the Caribbean.
A trained taxonomist, with a particular passion for herpetology, I have helped to discover and describe six new species previously unknown to science (Liophidium maintikibo, Rhombophryne matavy, Stumpffia be, Stumpffia hara, Stumpffia megsoni and Stumpffia staffordi). In 2012, I also led a team of scientists who obtained the first wild photographic evidence of the endangered Visayan spotted deer and Warty pig via remote camera trapping in the Philippines.
During my career I have been fortunate enough to have lived, worked and travelled in over 40 countries across 6 continents and have published over 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Currently I am Head of Wildlife Research & Policy at the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), UK. I joined WildCRU as visiting academic in 2014.
My main research interests are: amphibian & reptile conservation in Madagascar; carnivore camera trapping; welfare & conservation impacts of wildlife trade; welfare & conservation impacts of wildlife farming; welfare & conservation impacts of human-wildlife conflict.
D’Cruze, N., Toole, J., Mansell, K., & Schmidt-Burbach, J. (2014). What is the true cost of the world’s most expensive coffee? Oryx, 48, 170-171.
Baker, S.E., Cain, R., van Kesteren, F., Zommers, Z.A., D’Cruze, N., & Macdonald, D.W. (2013). Rough trade: Animal welfare in the global wildlife trade. Bioscience, 63, 928-938.
D’Cruze, N., Sawyer, J., De Vere, R., Benares, J., Farrance, D., Megson, S., & Can, Ö. E. (2013). First images of the Visayan spotted deer and Visayan warty pig. Oryx, 47, 13-18.
D’Cruze, N., & Kumar, S. (2011). Effects of anthropogenic activities on lizard communities in northern Madagascar. Animal Conservation, 14, 542-552.
D’Cruze, N., Köhler, J., Vences, M., & Glaw, F. (2010). A new fat fossorial frog (Microhylidae: Cophylinae: Rhombophryne) from rainforest of the Forêt d’Ambre Special Reserve, northern Madagascar. Herpetologica, 66, 182-191.
D’Cruze, N., Kumar Sarma, U., Mookerjee, A., Singh, B., Louis, J., Prasanna Mahapatra, R., Prasad Jaiswal, V., Kumar Roy, T., Kumari, I., & Menon, V. (2010). Dancing bears in India: A sloth bear status report. Ursus, 22, 99-105.
Köhler, J., Vences, M., D’Cruze, N., & Glaw, F. (2010). Giant dwarfs: discovery of a radiation of large-bodied ‘Stump-toed Frogs’ from karstic cave environments of northern Madagascar. Journal of Zoology, 282, 21-38.
Franzen, M.F., Jones J.J., Raselimanana A.P., Nagy Z.T., D’Cruze N., Glaw F. & Vences M. (2009). A new black-bellied snake (Pseudoxyrhophiinae: Liophidium) from western Madagascar, with notes on the genus Pararhadinaea. Amphibia-Reptilia, 30, 173-183.
D’Cruze, N., Sabel, J., Dawson, J., & Kumar, S. (2009). The influence of habitat type and structure on the abundance of Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis (Gekkoninae) in northern Madagascar. Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 4, 55-61.
D’Cruze, N., Henson, D., Olsson, A., & Emmett, D. (2009). The Importance of herpetological survey work in conserving Malagasy biodiversity: are we doing enough? Herpetological Review, 40, 19-25.
D’Cruze, N., Köhler, J., Franzen, M., & Glaw, F. (2008). A conservation assessment of the amphibians and reptiles of the Forêt d’Ambre Special Reserve, north Madagascar. Madagascar Conservation and Development, 3, 18-28.
D’Cruze, N., McDonell, Z.J., Langeveld, T., Brooks, P.D., Combrink, X., Seamark, E.C.J., & Kearney, T.C. (2008). Bat survey in the UMkhuze section of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. African Bat Conservation News, 17, 4-9.
D’Cruze, N. & Stafford, P.J. (2006). Resource partitioning of sympatric Norops (Beta Anolis) in a neotropical mainland community. The Herpetological Journal, 16, 273-280.