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Public Perceptions of Wildlife and use of ‘Pest Control’ in and around UK Homes

August 6, 2021

Research by Sandra Baker, Paul Johnson and David Macdonald (WildCRU) with Stephanie Maw (HSI-UK). Wildlife causes problems for people all over the world. Efforts to tackle ‘pests’ often involve killing and/or poor welfare for astronomical numbers of individual animals. The scale of the problem and how people’s attitudes towards species are affected ... Read full story


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Jackals exhibit unique behaviours to survive in an extreme environment

August 4, 2021

Golden jackals (Canis aureus), hereafter jackals, have a wide distribution, ranging from central Europe to Southeast Asia. Jackals are very adaptive to human-altered landscapes, and consequently have been expanding their range throughout Europe during the past several decades. However, the ecological role of jackals in natural ecosystems has not been well studied, and there have ... Read full story


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Building capacity and partnerships for surveying large carnivores in Botswana

June 23, 2021

By Robynne Kotze Large carnivores have the power to shape their surroundings - as apex predators they regulate trophic cascades and contribute to the overall health of large ecosystems, but as conflict-causing animals they can also affect considerable economic loss for local communities through livestock depredation. For these reasons, effective conservation management plans for large ... Read full story


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Managing human-wildlife conflict in a rapidly changing climate

August 4, 2021

by Dr Alexandra Zimmermann and Dr James Stevens. Featured in the IUCN Congress Newsletter. "The conservation of biodiversity is unfortunately all too often about managing conflicts. Tensions arise from access to land, competition for resources, which in turn are exacerbated by disputes over managing wildlife, protected areas, struggles over inequalities, livelihoods, development, and human rights. ... Read full story


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Dr Amy Dickman interviewed for the Economist

June 24, 2021

WildCRU’s Dr Amy Dickman was interviewed in this recent @The Economist film about trophy hunting, highlighting that it is a more nuanced topic than is often assumed. She talks about the vital need for new sources of conservation funding and stresses the need for an equitable and sustainable model, as she says ‘we cannot expect ... Read full story


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Amy Dickman & Moreangels Mbizah feature on the BBC’s ‘Tooth & Claw’ series

June 23, 2021

In the second part of the BBC’s fascinating series, Discovery, Tooth and Claw, WildCRU senior researcher Dr Amy Dickman and recent DPhil graduate Dr Moreangels Mbizah discuss the challenges and complexities of lion conservation. They stress the need to understand the causes of lion decline, how imperative it is to understand local perspectives, and why ... Read full story



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