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David Macdonald explains that Cecil’s death was part of a much wider story

February 23, 2016

The really important thing about Cecil the Lion, killed in an apparently illegal trophy hunt last July, was not just that Oxford University’s WildCRU team had tracked his behavior by satellite since 2008, but even more importantly because he was part of a dedicated long-term study of the whole population of lions. Now the WildCRU ... Read full story


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WildCRU’s Hans Bauer delivers another success for lion conservation, writes David Macdonald

February 4, 2016

We are fortunate in the WildCRU to have assembled a remarkable team of lion conservation biologists and amongst these Dr Hans Bauer specialises in the, sadly disappearing, lions of West Africa. Hans, who is partly supported by our collaborator the Born Free Foundation, also works in the Horn of Africa. In late November he ... Read full story


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WildCRU researchers discover new Ethiopian lion population

February 1, 2016

WildCRU’s Dr Hans Bauer, a conservation biologist based in Addis Ababa, recently returned from an expedition to the remote Alatash National Park in West Ethiopia, where he confirmed the presence of lions. With many African lion populations now gone or expected to disappear within the next few decades this is an ... Read full story


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Three WildCRU Panthers excel, and help save leopards and tigers

February 22, 2016

David Macdonald reports on the incredible achievements of graduates of WildCRU’s Recanati-Kaplan Centre’s Diploma in International Conservation Practice. Amongst our diploma students, (we call them WildCRU Panthers) in 2010 Lhendup Tharchen from Bhutan was a star, in 2012 Leandro Abade from Brazil similarly shone, and in 2014 Susana Rostro-García twinkled brightly in our ... Read full story


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January’s Mammal Research Issue highlights WildCRU’s wildcat work

February 3, 2016

WildCRU’s recent Scottish wildcat article was selected as highlight of the January issue of Mammal Research. For more about this research, led by Dr Kerry Kilshaw, please see “Mapping the spatial configuration of hybridization risk for an endangered population of the European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris) in Scotland” Spring Animal Sciences Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/XGSSf0 Previous news ... Read full story


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New African Wildlife Foundation app highlights conservation work

January 20, 2016

One of WildCRU’s partners, the African Wildlife Foundation, has teamed up with Steller to showcase conservation stories in a new app, which combines photos, video and text. The result is an engaging digital narrative which highlights vital conservation work. Some of the most popular Steller stories in its first week were WildCRU projects, especially ones ... Read full story



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