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The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) is part of the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford in England.[1] Its mission is to achieve practical solutions to conservation problems through original scientific research, training conservation scientists to conduct research, putting scientific knowledge into practice, and educating and involving the public to achieve lasting solutions.[citation needed]

The Unit was founded in 1986 by Professor

David W. Macdonald as Director.[3] Members come from more than 30 countries and many have returned to hold influential roles in conservation. WildCRU research has been used to advise policy-makers worldwide. More than 300 scientific papers and 25 reports have been published, over a hundred fruitful collaborations have been fostered, and over 45 students have completed doctoral theses.[citation needed

WildCRU projects use all four elements of their Conservation Quartet: research to understand the problem, education to explain it, community involvement to ensure participation and acceptance, and implementation of a solution.[




Specific projects include protecting the

sustainable farming, badger ecology and behavior, and the impact of American mink on native wildlife in Britain, Belarus, and Argentina.[citation needed

WildCRU is located in Tubney House, Abingdon Road, Tubney, Oxfordshire.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Zoology, Dept of". Oxford University Pocket Diary. Oxford University Press. 2014–15. p. 175.
  2. ^ "Giving to WildCRU". Oxford Thinking. UK: University of Oxford. Retrieved 25 August 2015. {{cite web}}: External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Prof Amy Dickman will be WildCRU's Director from January 2022". Biology Department, University of Oxford.

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