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History, as Harold Macmillan memorably, and perceptively observed, is one damn thing after another. Furthermore, its been happening for a long time. Its widespread practice, when in doubt about the provenance of a good quote, to attribute it to Churchill, who might have said that to understand the future you must understand the past, which is why, writes David Macdonald, we started to think about big cats in art through the ages

September 26, 2017

We had just finished a study of mammalian charisma and discovered that amongst 1500 modern, lap-top using English-speaking people from America to Australia, there was a significant preference for big cats. Was a similar preference apparent in different cultures at different times, and might the answer be deduced from paintings through the ages. We were ... Read full story


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Can lawyers save lions?

September 13, 2017

WildCRU’s approach is essentially inter-disciplinary, as vividly illustrated by our new collaboration with international lawyers. It’s hard to imagine a more charismatic mammal – emblazoned on football shirts, royal coats of arms, chocolate bars and then just think of the attention dedicated to Cecil – but lions are nonetheless declining at an alarming rate. Where ... Read full story


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RCP 2016 Digital Overview

September 13, 2017

WildCRU’s Ruaha Carnivore Project has come a long way since its inception in 2009, when we had a team of 3 in tiny tents, and had no trust with the local community, who were killing lions very frequently. Since then, we have developed multiple programmes to reduce conflict by reducing livestock losses, providing real benefits ... Read full story


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Himalayan wolves are special

September 21, 2017

Whose who taxonomically is vital to conservation, both in terms of preserving the full spectrum of biodiversity, and because taxonomic status (is it a species, a subspecies or a local variant) often affects an animal’s legal status. Therefore, genetics matter. That’s why WildCRU’s remarkable graduate student, Geraldine Werhahn (remarkable for her tough and tenacious trekking ... Read full story


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WildCRU Diploma alumnus, Girma Eshete Genbere, successfully completes his PhD at Leiden University

September 13, 2017

Girma Eshete Genbere, a member of the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme, and a graduate of the WildCRU’s Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice, successfully defended his thesis at Leiden University on Monday 5th of September. Girma’s  research is part of an innovative collaboration between the prestigious Dutch university and the WildCRU. In his ... Read full story


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Ximena Velez-Liendo gives TEDx talk

September 13, 2017

Ximena Velez-Liendo, gave a TEDx talk at the TEDx El Molino event on 6th September, entitled 'A walk around the world, and why saving bears is worth it', about her 18 years promoting Andean bear conservation. The talk was about her long journey, the ecology, biology, evolution of the bear, why is such a ... Read full story



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