Today’s children – tomorrow’s decision-makers

David Macdonald explains how WildCRU’s research in the Hwange Lion Project runs hand-in-hand with an education programme for village children: around the borders of Hwange National Park, where Dr Andrew Loveridge and I set up wildCRU’s lion project in 1999, there are numerous villages. Historically, many villagers have viewed lions, and other large predators, with […]

Seeing is believing

David Macdonald gives details of a video clip of WildCRU’s work at Hwange: In recent days we have explained that the WildCRU’s Hwange Lion Project tackles diverse aspects of lion conservation, and that this is as focused on the well-being of local people, often in impoverished communities, as it is on the well-being of the […]

Getting to grips with the principles

David Macdonald, WildCRU’s Director explains the journey from Cecil to centipedes, and the principles that unite WildCRU’s wider working: Those of you who have been following these newsflashes, and especially if you have delved deeper into our website, will have realised that the WildCRU’s approach to conserving lions, and indeed everything else, is highly interdisciplinary […]

World Lion Day – a message from David Macdonald

“We have some wonderful news – a vastly talented animator, famous for his work on Disney’s The Lion King David Macdonald, Aaron Blaise, has produced a superb animation dedicated to Cecil. He will be selling prints, and donating the profits to WildCRU. Also, and it is truly wonderful, you can see the creation of the […]

Practical Successes of WildCRU

A newsflash from David Macdonald who, together with Andy Loveridge, continues to explain the practical successes of WildCRU’s work with a focus on: Lions and local people Rural Africans living on the boundaries of protected areas are a frequently ignored component of the lion conservation equation. Subsistence farmers in on the boundary of Hwange National […]

WildCRU making a difference

David Macdonald writes about how WildCRU has made a difference: I am fond of remarking that, in my experience, it is very difficult to be interesting, but very much more difficult to be useful. At the WildCRU we are hard taskmasters because we try to judge ourselves on whether we make a difference – our […]

Followers of the Cecil Appeal

Another amazing opportunity for conservation as a result of your donations, says David Macdonald, WildCRU’s Director: we are striving to keep our donors and supporters up-to-date with developments. Two exciting developments have unfolded overnight. First, thanks to the remarkable generosity of Ty Beanie Babies, who have decided to donate the profits of a Cecil Beanie […]

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