Mr Justin Seymour-Smith

After graduating in Zoology and Geology from the University of Rhodesia, I spent time in the mining industry as a geologist before returning to the family business, managing and running our wildlife estate. Our family estate had been developed for its wildlife potential and had a particular emphasis on rhino conservation. For 35 years I […]

Dr Jess Isden

Jess combines her background in both conservation ecology and animal behaviour to try and tackle the issue of human-wildlife conflict in Botswana. Jess has a BSc in Geography and an MSc in Conservation from the University of London. She has previously conducted fieldwork studies in Kenya and Tanzania, as well as spending a year at […]

Cecil the lion’s son Xanda also shot dead in Zimbabwe

**Updated on 24th July 2017 in response to a statement by ZPHGA (see end)** Xanda, Cecil the lion’s oldest surviving son, has been shot and killed by hunters in Zimbabwe two years after his father’s death shocked the world. Xanda, aged six, was shot by a trophy hunter on 7th July just outside the boundaries […]

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: 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 […]

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