|The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit,
known as the WildCRU, has a mission to achieve practical solutions to conservation
problems by undertaking original research on aspects of fundamental biology relevant to
wildlife conservation and environmental management.
key objectives are to do good science in order to effect improvements in environmental
policy. We also seek to train and develop conservation biologists within the WildCRU, and
to educate a wider public.
The WildCRU was founded in 1986 by Professor David
Macdonald, but its roots go back to the early seventies to a group known as The Oxford
Foxlot, which specialised in carnivore biology.
Today, we are sited within Oxford University's Zoology
Department, with close college links to Lady Margaret Hall and to the University's Field
Centre at Wytham.
Our research is organised into a series of
collaborating teams, called portfolios. These include foci on endangered species, wildlife
diseases and pests, fundamental ecology, farming and wildlife and wildlife and people.
Much, but not all, of our work involves mammals,
and we have a penchant for carnivores. However, our team involves ornithologists,
entomologists and botanists.