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Oxford University collaboration wins ‘green Oscar’ for conservation

May 18, 2017

WildCRU congratulates Ximena Velez-Liendo who, on 18th May, won a prestigious Whitley Award, present by HRH Princess Anne. Ximena is the first post-doctoral Chester Conservation Fellow at the WildCRU, and her amazing success is a wonderful jewel in the crown of the new partnership between Chester and WildCRU (reported in LINK 25th April). Ximena works with ... Read full story


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Old Mother Hubbard, and her famously bare cupboard, foresaw a danger that has left the world low on big cats and threatens to finish off those that remain, writes David Macdonald: African lions face same threats as extinct sabre-toothed tigers

May 10, 2017

The seven big cats that went extinct towards the end of the last ice age, including several sabre-toothed cats, are those which lost the greatest proportion of their prey, according to our collaboration with scientists from the Universities of Sussex, Aarhus, and Goteborg. It also transpires that Ice Age extinction trends hold ominous warnings for ... Read full story


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Ruaha Carnivore Project Update April 2017

May 9, 2017

The latest update from our Ruaha Carnivore Project, run by WildCRU’s Dr Amy Dickman is now available. RCP Report April 2017 (PDF, 1.4MB)


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First Madagascan in 800 years of Oxford University’s history to submit a doctoral thesis, writes David Macdonald

May 11, 2017

We were proud when, in 2008, Mr Herizo Andrianandrasana came to the WildCRU to study for our Recanti-Kaplan Centre Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice - the first Madagascan ever to do so, and we were even more proud when he completed the course with a distinction. This week, still a member of ... Read full story


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Battling to save the Ethiopian wolf – Africa’s rarest carnivore: Claudio Sillero writes in The Conservation

May 10, 2017

WildCRU's Professor Claudio Sillero has written in The Conversation website on the battle to save the Ethiopian Wolf, Africa's rarest carnivore. "In the last three years, populations in the Bale Mountains have endured back-to-back rabies and distemper outbreaks. Smaller populations are at even greater risk. At the end of last year disease decimated the ... Read full story


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David Macdonald reports on a new study revealing that affluent countries commit less to wildlife conservation than the rest of the world.

May 5, 2017

Some countries are more committed to conservation than others, a new Oxford University research collaboration has found. The findings are published in Global Ecology and Conservation. In partnership with Panthera, and colleagues in institutions from Australia to the USA, WildCRU researchers investigated how much, or little, individual countries commit to protecting the world’s wildlife. ... Read full story



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