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Jackals exhibit unique behaviours to survive in an extreme environment

August 4, 2021

Golden jackals (Canis aureus), hereafter jackals, have a wide distribution, ranging from central Europe to Southeast Asia. Jackals are very adaptive to human-altered landscapes, and consequently have been expanding their range throughout Europe during the past several decades. However, the ecological role of jackals in natural ecosystems has not been well studied, and there have ... Read full story


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Building capacity and partnerships for surveying large carnivores in Botswana

June 23, 2021

By Robynne Kotze Large carnivores have the power to shape their surroundings - as apex predators they regulate trophic cascades and contribute to the overall health of large ecosystems, but as conflict-causing animals they can also affect considerable economic loss for local communities through livestock depredation. For these reasons, effective conservation management plans for large ... Read full story


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For Desertification and Drought Day, Hans Bauer highlights WildCRU’s research in Sudan and Ethiopia

June 17, 2021

This year's Desertification and Drought Day will focus on turning degraded land into healthy land. Restoring degraded land brings economic resilience, creates jobs, raises incomes and increases food security. It helps biodiversity to recover and can help combat climate change through carbon storage. One of the biggest projects to combat desertification is the ‘great green wall’ ... Read full story


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Dr Amy Dickman interviewed for the Economist

June 24, 2021

WildCRU’s Dr Amy Dickman was interviewed in this recent @The Economist film about trophy hunting, highlighting that it is a more nuanced topic than is often assumed. She talks about the vital need for new sources of conservation funding and stresses the need for an equitable and sustainable model, as she says ‘we cannot expect ... Read full story


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Amy Dickman & Moreangels Mbizah feature on the BBC’s ‘Tooth & Claw’ series

June 23, 2021

In the second part of the BBC’s fascinating series, Discovery, Tooth and Claw, WildCRU senior researcher Dr Amy Dickman and recent DPhil graduate Dr Moreangels Mbizah discuss the challenges and complexities of lion conservation. They stress the need to understand the causes of lion decline, how imperative it is to understand local perspectives, and why ... Read full story


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Ignoring species hybrids in the IUCN Red List assessments for African elephants may bias conservation policy

June 11, 2021

WildCRU’s Hans Bauer and Claudio Sillero, working with West African colleagues, reacted to the recent publication of IUCN Red List assessments for savanna and forest elephants, now considered distinct species. In correspondence to Nature Ecology and Evolution they argued that the approach taken by the Red List to assess the extinction risk of ... Read full story



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