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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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WildCRU lion project in the news

May 4, 2017

The Telegraph recently sent one of their journalists, Jessamy Calkin, out to visit WildCRU’s Ruaha Carnivore Project in southern Tanzania, which is led by Dr Amy Dickman. Jessamy wrote a great article on the project in the Telegraph magazine, highlighting the importance of this kind of work for long-term lion conservation and rural development: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/29/british-woman-fighting-save-african-lions-extinction/


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David Macdonald and Alexandra Zimmermann celebrate a new partnership between the UK’s number one zoo with the world’s number one university to address key challenges in the conservation of endangered species

April 25, 2017

Chester Zoo and the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) have joined forces with the shared aim of delivering high-impact conservation research to address the global decline of biodiversity. The new partnership is designed to investigate major challenges in conservation by combining some of the international projects that Chester Zoo coordinate with cutting-edge scientific ... 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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David Macdonald reports that 4000 people have read WildCRU’s new paper on crowdsourcing since it was published last month

April 26, 2017

Inspired by Linus Carl Pauling, the 1954 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, who remarked “The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the bad ones away.” Dr Emre Can led a team of WildCRU and WAP researchers in an exploration of how crowdsourcing could help conservation. As a focus we ... Read full story


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You take the high road and I’ll take the low road: David Macdonald reports on a WildCRU collaborative study that reveals that Scottish badgers favour warmer lowland sites, but avoid human infrastructure

April 20, 2017

The WildCRU’s ever-growing portfolio of work on climate change, led by Chris Newman, has shown that badger population dynamics and behaviour respond sensitively to trends and variability in weather, making badgers an excellent sentinel species for climate change research. Building on this platform, and using camera trap data incidental to our work on Scottish wildcats, we ... Read full story



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