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Two new WildCRU papers reveal extent of human threat to lion populations

December 12, 2016

Two new studies led by WildCRU's Dr Andrew Loveridge, and co-authored by Professor David Macdonald, have highlighted the threat posed to lions by human activity – including trophy hunting. The first paper, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, analysed the deaths of 206 lions in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe – Cecil’s home – ... Read full story


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New Report on Lion Conservation

December 5, 2016

Lions, the iconic symbol of the African wilderness, are in grave trouble – they have disappeared from over 90% of their range and there are now fewer lions left than rhinos. Global interest in lion conservation – and particularly the role of trophy hunting in their decline – peaked in July 2016 with the killing ... Read full story


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Apart from forest loss, poaching is one of major threats to the rare Sumatran tiger and its prey. David Macdonald reports on the remarkable dedication, and bravery, of practical men working to protect tigers in the tropical forest of West-Central Sumatra.

November 17, 2016

A remarkable new paper published as a result of fruitful collaboration between Fauna & Flora International’s Indonesia Programme, Indonesia Kerinci Seblat NP Management Authority and WildCRU, made possible by a grant to WildCRU by World Animal Protection has explored the effectiveness of a longstanding Tiger Protection and Conservation Programme in Kerinci Seblat NP. Analysing a ... Read full story


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David Macdonald addresses questions arising from the new Report on Lion Conservation

December 6, 2016

Lions, the iconic symbol of the African wilderness, are in grave trouble – they have disappeared from over 90% of their range and there are now fewer lions left than rhinos. Global interest in lion conservation – and particularly the role of trophy hunting in their decline – peaked in July 2016 with the killing ... Read full story


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Saint Louis Zoo Conservation Award Goes To Amy Dickman

November 23, 2016

WildCRU’s Kaplan Senior Research Fellow in Felid Conservation, Dr Amy Dickman was recently honoured for her work when she received the 2016 St Louis Zoo Conservation Award. The St Louis Zoo’s WildCare Institute has been a long-term supporter of Amy’s work in Tanzania, where she and her team are researching carnivore ecology and reducing human-carnivore ... Read full story


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Study reveals crisis in bushmeat hunting that threatens human food security

November 9, 2016

A new study involving researchers from Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) has revealed that the hunting and trapping of wild animals – for meat, medicine, body parts, trophies or live pets – is driving an ‘alarming’ number of species to extinction and in the process posing a food security threat for millions of ... Read full story



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