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David Macdonald celebrates two weasily WildCRU wonders to mark the publication of a landmark book and an entertaining film

October 26, 2017

Musteloids, despite their odorously ominous name, are a wonderfully diverse, and rivetingly interesting super-family of Carnivores. They include such carnivoran eccentrics as red pandas, coatis and skunks, but the huge majority of them, indeed 67 of the approximately (given taxonomic wrangling) 92 musteloid species, are mustelids, that is, members of the weasel family. As variations ... Read full story


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A Historic Pledge for Big Cats

October 16, 2017

Visionary Chinese philanthropist and entrepreneur Madame He Qiaonyu has joined Panthera's Global Alliance for Wild Cats, committing $20 million over the next decade to fund conservation programs devoted to protecting big cats around the world. The Beijing Qiaonyu Foundation, Panthera, and WildCRU will join forces on initiatives to save imperiled species, starting with snow leopards ... Read full story


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Bat-eared foxes and rabies

October 9, 2017

WildCRU’s roots lie close to rabies, writes David Macdonald who spent the early 1970s unraveling to social lives of red foxes in ways that permeated World Health Organisation thinking about rabies control. Subsequently that focus moved to rabies in jackals in Zimbabwe and WildCRU’s pioneering work with Ethiopian wolves is right now reaching a crescendo ... Read full story


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Wildlife Conservation Course 2017 – Conservation Heroes – featured in New Straits Times, Malaysia

October 16, 2017

Threats of habitat loss, climate change and overexploitation create havoc in the world as the new Conservation Heroes emerge and battle against these evil forces. These heroes have acquired their special powers from the two-week intensive Wildlife Conservation Course taught using innovative techniques from role-play to games to theatre. The Wildlife Conservation Course, third year in ... Read full story


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Clouded leopard population down to ‘around 750’ in key region of Borneo

October 16, 2017

A new study led by Oxford scientists has produced the first robust estimate of the number of Sunda clouded leopards remaining in the state of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. The research also explores how changes to Sabah's forest landscape may be affecting these threatened wild cats. The study, led by researchers from Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) in collaboration ... Read full story


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Dr Amy Dickman discusses how to make lions worthwhile to the people who live with them

October 5, 2017

At the Jackson Hole Film Festival, WildCRU’s Dr Amy Dickman was interviewed by Jeffrey Parrish of the Wildlife Conservation Network for their Lion Recovery Fund Facebook page. They discuss Dr Dickman’s work in Ruaha at the Ruaha Carnivore Project, and how lions need to become a net benefit to those who ... Read full story



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