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Amongst the clouds

September 11, 2017

For over five years now, we’ve been undertaking the biggest ever camera-trapping study of the guild of wild felids that live alongside clouded leopards throughout SE Asia, writes David Macdonald, as WildCRU celebrates the first paper to be published on both clouded leopards and marbled cats in continental Asia. The research, led by WildCRU’s Priya Singh ... Read full story


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Driverless cars could see humankind sprawl ever further into the countryside

August 29, 2017

WildCRU's Dr Timothy Hodgetts, Research Fellow in the Geopolitics of Wildlife Conservation, has recently published an article in The Conversation. Read the full article here.


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Mongabay reports on the difficulties facing young conservationists

August 17, 2017

Mongabay.com spoke to young conservationists about their experiences finding work. The article examines how a tight job market and high educational and experience requirements are preventing many finding paid positions, which may be a detriment to conservation efforts in the future. The interviewees included Lucero Vaca, currently completing a PhD at WildCRU on human-wildlife conflict ... Read full story


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Dr Amy Dickman talks at this year’s TED Global meeting

September 4, 2017

This year’s TED Global meeting was held in Arusha, Tanzania, and Dr Amy Dickman, who runs our Ruaha Carnivore Project, was fortunate enough to give a short talk. She gave a brief overview of the work we are doing improving human-carnivore coexistence in southern Tanzania’s Ruaha landscape, and sought collaborations amongst other TED attendees. We ... Read full story


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Mongabay reports on the threat to Clouded Leopards posed by palm oil

August 23, 2017

Mongabay reports on how palm oil threatens the Clouded Leopard. They spoke to WildCRU's Andrew Hearn, and Ewan Macdonald for comment. “Oil palm plantation habitats, particularly recently cleared areas…tend to resist the movements of these cats, whereas forest habitats facilitated their movements.”  https://news.mongabay.com/2017/08/a-clouded-future-asias-enigmatic-clouded-leopard-threatened-by-palm-oil/ 


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The crude aphorism has it that money talks, but according to an Opinion piece just published by John Vucetich and David Macdonald, it doesn’t talk loudly enough to deliver carnivore conservation

August 15, 2017

Professor Vucetich, a Visiting Scientist at WildCRU, and David are keenly aware that there are circumstances where wildlife can pay its own way, and that these credits to the balance sheet are very important to conservation. However, they argue that there are, and indeed need to be, other motives if, specifically carnivores, are to be ... Read full story



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