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In memoriam: Rob Strachan

May 20, 2014

Rob Strachan, amongst the country’s foremost naturalists, died on Saturday, 17th May. Since 2005 Rob had been Biodiversity Technical Specialist at Natural Resources Wales, but for the decade previously he was a central member of the WildCRU team. Growing out of discussions between David Macdonald and Alastair Driver (of the Environment Agency), and motivated as ... Read full story


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Wildlife Law Reform

January 31, 2014

Wildlife Law is currently under reform (http://lawcommission.justice.gov.uk/areas/wildlife.htm). The existing legal framework for wildlife management was deemed ‘overly complicated, frequently contradictory and unduly prescriptive’, creating ‘unnecessary barriers to effective wildlife management’. The Law Commission are considering the law relating to the conservation, control, protection and exploitation of wildlife in England and Wales, and they published a Consultation ... Read full story


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Animal welfare in the wildlife trade

January 31, 2014

A new study led by WildCRU’s Sandra Baker has examined animal welfare in the wildlife trade, a subject that had not been studied before. The review of almost 300 recent wildlife trade articles revealed that welfare was rarely mentioned, despite the evidence that wild animals can suffer greatly in trade. The literature focused on mammals and ... Read full story


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Exposing the ‘scale’ of Pangolin persecution

March 5, 2014

'Scaling up pangolin protection in China' by Zhao-Min Zhou, Youbing Zhou, Chris Newman and David W. Macdonald. Published in: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/14.WB.001) In collaboration with the Chinese Public Security Bureau and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, our report, out today in the journal ‘Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment’, exposes increasing ... Read full story


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Mammals of Africa wins Dartmouth Medal

January 31, 2014

We are delighted to announce that Mammals of Africa was last night awarded the prestigious Dartmouth Medal for a distinguished reference publication by the American Library Association. This is an enormous and exciting accolade, and well deserved by the dedicated team, headed by WildCRU’s Jonathan Kingdon. http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/01/mammals-africa-named-rusas-dartmouth-medal-winner-distinguished-reference


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WildCRU Director meets Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

January 31, 2014

Prof David Macdonald was proud and privileged to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese Nobel Peace Laureate, on 26th October 2013 at the British Council HQ in London. Prof Macdonald gave a talk on environmental conservation and development in Burma at the event hosted by the British Council and the Vice Chancellor to ... Read full story



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