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David Macdonald reports on UNESCO support for lion conservation:

September 12, 2016

WildCRU is deeply honoured to have received encouragement from Edmond Moukala, the distinguished Chief of the Africa Section of UNESCO, at the opening of the Cecil Summit. The message offers UNESCO’s warm support for the initiative, hosted in Oxford by WildCRU and Panthera, and makes clear the very high importance ... Read full story


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First test of oral rabies vaccine brings hope to the world’s rarest canid

September 2, 2016

Research published this week in the journal Vaccine reports field trials of the oral vaccine SAG2 in Ethiopian wolves, Africa’s most threatened carnivore and the world’s rarest canid. The trials, undertaken by the WildCRU’s Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme in the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia, are the first ever conducted in wild populations of an endangered ... Read full story


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Ruaha Carnivore Project 2015 Annual Report

August 24, 2016

The 2015 Annual Report for the Ruaha Carnivore Project has been released. WildCRU's Dr Amy Dickman says, "We trust you will enjoy finding out more about our work to protect carnivores in Tanzania and our efforts to promote co-existence between communities and carnivores in the Ruaha landscape." Report is available here: PDF download (2 MB)


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Cecil Summit another key milestone in the lion conservation movement

September 5, 2016

From: Stuart Gillespie's Oxford University Science Blog: http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/science-blog/cecil-summit-another-key-milestone-lion-conservation-movement A little over a year ago, Professor David Macdonald of Oxford University’s WildCRU spoke of his desire to harness the global interest in the killing of Cecil the lion, creating a movement rather than simply a moment. That journey continues this month with the Cecil Summit, a ... Read full story


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Congratulations to Jonathan Baillie

August 31, 2016

Jonathan Baillie, Visiting Professor at WildCRU, has been appointed Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President of National Geographic. This is a newly created post and will give Jonathan oversight over all of National Geographic¹s conservation programmes. From the National Geographic website: "At the Society, Baillie will lead grantmaking in the areas of science and exploration across ... Read full story


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Cecil Summit coming in September 2016

August 4, 2016

In early September, the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), together with Panthera, is holding a workshop to consider future initiatives to conserve the African lion. The topic is urgent because numbers of lions have plummeted over the last century from an oft quoted figure of around 200,000 to nowadays closer to 20,000 and falling. ... Read full story



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