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“Our hope for the future is each other”: Godfrey Mtare for Black History Month 2022

October 19, 2022

The third in the Department of Biology's Black History Month 2022 blog series, Godfrey Mtare shares an overview of his DPhil project developing methods to support cross-border habitats for African lions. My DPhil research focuses on how transboundary landscape connectivity could propel robust wildlife economies; hence transforming community livelihoods. In order to demonstrate this, I ... Read full story


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Congratulations Diploma class of 2022

October 11, 2022

WildCRU’s Post-Graduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice has achieved global recognition for excellence, providing training in all aspects of practical conservation to aspiring young conservationists from less-developed countries, especially focusing on the most talented and least privileged applicants who would not normally have the opportunity to attend a world-class university. Our pride in the ‘WildCRU ... Read full story


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Hedgehogs more friend than foe

September 13, 2022

A study published in Nature Communications 2021, based on machine learning algorithms, suggested that European hedgehogs are likely to become hosts of novel coronaviruses. This conclusion was widely reported in the media, often in an alarmist style that raised public anxiety about hedgehogs. Considering conservation concern about the decline of hedgehogs, and indeed the ... Read full story


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Where have all the lions gone? Establishing realistic baselines to assess decline and recovery of African lions

October 14, 2022

Our perceptions of wildlife loss are often informed only by the reductions which take place within our lifetimes. However, these losses don’t represent the total decline of a species or habitat, with historic reductions in population size going unaccounted for in terms of our perceptions of total loss. In other words, we can’t see the ... Read full story


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Global Leopard Conference

October 10, 2022

WildCRU are pleased to be participating in the organization of a 5-day Global Leopard Conference to discuss the future of leopard conservation, happening online in March 2023. A range of partners who currently work on leopards, including Panthera, the Arabian Leopard Fund, and Endangered Wildlife Trust and many more are working together to convene this ... Read full story


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Hope for the Tigers of Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex in Thailand

September 9, 2022

Across South East Asia, the endangered Indochinese tiger has been vanishing. Yet in Thailand’s, Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex, researchers from the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and collaborators with the Freeland Foundation and Thai government, have documented a tale of hope. WildCRU’s Eric Ash analyzed data from camera trapping studies ... Read full story



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