Education and Outreach

Since its inception, WildCRU has sought to engage society with conservation through the wide communication of scientific research. Our founder, David Macdonald, is known for his outreach to the public, through popular films and books, as well as a wide scientific community in which he is frequently invited to give prestige lectures. Importantly, implementing education […]

Ms Laura Perry

Having worked as a research assistant across Southern and Eastern Africa, by the time I started university I was well-aware of the value of fieldwork (for science, conservation, and my own repertoire of stories!). Studying Biological Sciences at Brasenose College, University of Oxford I was fortunate to work with internationally valuable entomological and paleontological collections […]

Cecil Summit another key milestone in the lion conservation movement

From: Stuart Gillespie’s Oxford University Science Blog: http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/science-blog/cecil-summit-another-key-milestone-lion-conservation-movement A little over a year ago, Professor David Macdonald of Oxford University’s WildCRU spoke of his desire to harness the global interest in the killing of Cecil the lion, creating a movement rather than simply a moment. That journey continues this month with the Cecil Summit, a […]

Cecil and the Trans Kalahari Predator Project

The idiom has it that as time passes water flows under the bridge: David Macdonald observes that as we approach the anniversary of Cecil’s death that proverbial water has been a torrent, but amongst the turbulence of debate and the swell of concern for lion conservation there is good news from Hwange: Cecil’s three lionesses […]

Cecil news

BBC Wildlife reports on WildCRU’s Cecil Summit David Macdonald reports on UNESCO support for lion conservation Cecil and the Trans Kalahari Predator Project Can the Cecil Moment become the Cecil Movement? Cecil is the most influential individual animal in the world (wild or domestic) says TIME magazine Can the Cecil Moment become the Cecil Movement? […]

Cecil is the most influential individual animal in the world (wild or domestic) says TIME magazine

David Macdonald reports on the poll that names Cecil the Lion as the most influential individual animal and asks what this means for lion conservation. The fascinating ranking of the world’s most influential individual animals, just published by TIME magazine, makes an entertaining read, and will raise a few chuckles: http://time.com/4301509/most-influential-animals/. It also raises some very serious […]

Can the Cecil Moment become the Cecil Movement?

This is the question David Macdonald and the team at WildCRU ask in a paper published today – and what we have in mind is harnassing the colossal global interest in Cecil the Lion as a force for the conservation of lions, and indeed big carnivores and wildlife more generally. To judge by another remarkable publication, […]

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