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Buzzards, too much of a good thing and the future of Britain’s countryside

June 10, 2021

Almost fifty years have passed since WildCRU’s David Macdonald and CEH’s Robert Kenward, both at the time studying predators under the supervision of Hans Kruuk at Oxford, became firm friends (a friendship that endured the early challenge of one of David’s radio-foxes eating one of Robert’s goshawks). Decades later, both were thrilled to cement the ... Read full story


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A pan-African spatial assessment of human conflicts with lions and elephants

June 8, 2021

Conflict with humans is one of the major threats to wildlife across Africa. A study led by Enrico Di Minin of the University of Helsinki, and including WildCRU’s Hans Bauer, has recently described the scale of this threat for lions and elephants. They found that 82% of the areas in which lions and elephants ... Read full story


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The wet market sources of Covid-19: bats and pangolins have an alibi

June 7, 2021

To date, over 3.5 million people have died from Covid-19. Understanding its origins, with a view to preventing any future such pandemics, is therefore of global importance. Covid-19, known formally as SARS-CoV-2, is a coronavirus, and historically these have come to afflict humans through spill-over from wildlife sources. This was the case with the Middle ... Read full story


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WildCRU’s Eric Ash reveals insights, opportunities, and challenges for the conservation of tigers in an understudied landscape through his DPhil research

June 8, 2021

Catastrophic population declines threaten the under-studied and Endangered Indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti) with extinction. With potential extirpation of tigers from Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam, driven by poaching, habitat loss, and loss of prey, it is becoming increasingly evident that Thailand now plays a critical role in the conservation of the subspecies. While Thailand’s ... Read full story


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Dr Amy Dickman’s guest blog on complex conservation challenges

June 8, 2021

Amy Dickman’s guest post in Scienceplusstories explains her emotional commitment to conservation, highlighting the complexities facing wildlife and people and her first-hand experience of finding lion and other wildlife conflict-related killings. Science + Celebrities: A Call for Partnership This guest post is by Dr. Amy Dickman, a conservation biologist and National Geographic Explorer who directs ... Read full story


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The start of my fieldwork – A blog post by Elisa Sandoval-Serés

June 3, 2021

Elisa Sandoval-Serés The day I was travelling to Africa, 1st of May 2021 Oxford, UK I woke up early that day, and I could still not believe that I was travelling to Africa. It was finally happening, I had been waiting for this moment to arrive for the last 5 years. My DPhil fieldwork had been postponed for ... Read full story



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