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Badgers lead the way with innovation

September 23, 2019

It’s more than a decade since I first met Andrew Markham, Oxford’s Professor of Computer Science, writes David Macdonald. Andrew’s innovative wizardry has revolutionised WildCRU’s work, from recording the long-distance roars of lions to following badgers deep underground. Those subterranean badgers have led the way to mapping with applications from mines to skyscrapers: https://www.oxfordsparks.ox.ac.uk/content/positioning-challenging-environments   ... Read full story


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Tigers burning bright in a small Himalayan Kingdom

September 2, 2019

Global tiger conservation is at a crossroad. The numbers of   tigers and expanse of their habitat have plummeted to a critical level in the last century. Some scientists fear that at the current rate of poaching and habitat loss, tigers might become extinct in a few decades. However, not all is doom. Bhutan, a small ... Read full story


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Success of our first fully-fledged eLearning Wildlife Conservation Course

August 20, 2019

We celebrate the recent successful completion of our first eLearning Wildlife Conservation Course developed and directed by Dr. Cedric Tan. This course is an export of the WildCRU’s Recanati-Kaplan Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice to a virtual learning environment. In October 2018, 120 conservationists from 15 Asian countries applied and 80 ... Read full story


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Dr Christina Buesching publishes a new book on olfactory communication

September 9, 2019

David Macdonald celebrates history going full circle with the  publication of Dr Christina Buesching’s remarkable new book on olfactory communication: I formally founded the WildCRU in 1986, and one of our first, significant engagements with the wider academic community was to host, in 1988, the 5th international Chemical Signals in Vertebrates Conference at the ... Read full story


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David Macdonald writes with excellent news following CITES decisions

August 27, 2019

I was thrilled this morning to hear news from Dr Neil d’Cruze at CITES. Neil, a member of the WildCRU team, together with Dr Lauren Harrington and myself, has, over recent months, been evaluating evidence that we believe demonstrated the need to up-list several species. Neil set sail to CITES armed with the ... Read full story


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International Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence

August 19, 2019

The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force, the GEF-funded Global Wildlife Program, and the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University's Department of Zoology are co-hosting an International Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence in Oxford, UK, 1st - 3rd April 2020. Human-wildlife ... Read full story



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