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David Macdonald and Andrew Loveridge on what really happened to Xanda

August 2, 2017

Dr Andrew Loveridge, head of the Trans Kalahari Predator Programme, who personally collared Xanda, and Professor David Macdonald spoke with Joe Shute of the Telegraph to explain the true story of what happened to Xanda the lion, and the effects of African trophy hunting. Read the article at the Telegraph website here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/really-happened-xanda-son-cecil-lion/


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Cecil the lion’s son Xanda also shot dead in Zimbabwe

July 21, 2017

**Updated on 24th July 2017 in response to a statement by ZPHGA (see end)** Xanda, Cecil the lion’s oldest surviving son, has been shot and killed by hunters in Zimbabwe two years after his father’s death shocked the world. Xanda, aged six, was shot by a trophy hunter on 7th July ... Read full story


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WildCRU’s Paul Johnson had a clever idea, as he frequently does; this time, as David Macdonald reports, it was about why dogs are not the same as cats

July 12, 2017

Oddly enough the story began with neither dogs nor cats, but with the weasels and their relatives, the topic of a new book we are publishing entitled The Biology and Conservation of the Musteloids. WildCRU’s Mike Noonan had explored why weasels buck the mammalian tendency for the size difference between males and ... Read full story


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EWCP Annual Report April 2017

August 1, 2017

The Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme is a partnership of WildCRU with the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority established in 1995. With a global population of fewer than 500 animals perching on the Roof of Africa and threatened by habitat loss and disease Ethiopian wolves are Africa’s most threatened carnivore. Read about our work in the latest EWCP ... Read full story


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Q2’17 Update from the Mara Cheetah Project

July 13, 2017

The latest update from the Mara Cheetah Project has been released: - Part 1 (PDF, 1.7MB) - Part 2 (PDF, 1.2MB) This project, led by WildCRU researcher Dr Femke Broekhuis and is supported by the Kenya Wildlife Trust. The project aims to determine the threats that cheetahs face in the Greater Mara Ecosystem and to develop ... Read full story


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WildCRU lion conservation project wins University Public Engagement Award

June 29, 2017

A lion conservation project led by Dr Amy Dickman of WildCRU, Department of Zoology has won an award in this year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards, which celebrate public engagement work across the University. The announcement was made at an awards ceremony at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on 28 June hosted ... Read full story



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