People, wildlife and change

Our innovative conservation research is protecting species such as tigers, butterflies and the slow loris, as well as improving our understanding of the ways people interact with and value wildlife.

People, wildlife and change

Our progress so far

Conservation is an area that has grown enormously in the public’s awareness in recent years. However, species and habitats continue to decline rapidly and many wild species are at risk of extinction. Our acclaimed research in this area both provides the scientific underpinning for conservation efforts which aim to preserve these species and enables us to learn how humans and wildlife are interdependent.

Our ambitions

Brookes’ researchers aim to conduct further important studies to understand how to protect wildlife in their natural environment and how species react to change.

Projects include:

  • Identification and quantification of changes taking place in the Maasai Mara wildlife conservancies

  • Understanding distribution and characteristics of butterfly populations and how this relates to environmental change

  • Mapping and monitoring of tiger distribution and prey availability in protected areas using field-based citizen scientists

  • Protection of slow lorises - the only primate known to be venomous - through community conservation projects in South East Asia.

  • Understanding ‘conflicts’ to facilitate people-wildlife coexistence. 

How you can help 

If you are motivated to help us deliver this really important work in animal conservation, donations of all sizes will help to make this a reality. By supporting our Environment Fund, your gift will help us to undertake field-based research, to gather vital information about wildlife, their habitats, and the people who share those landscapes, and support conservation education activities.

Case study

The Slow Loris Project was launched to raise awareness of the plight of this small, venomous creature. The Javan slow loris is one of the top 25 most endangered primates in the world due to extensive loss of its habits, high demand by the pet trade and its use in traditional medicines.

Dr Anna Nekaris, Professor of Primate Conservation and Anthropology at Oxford Brookes has studied lorises for nearly 20 years:

I am examining the fascinating functional ecology of slow loris venom alongside a community conservation project in West Java. We hope to understand why the slow loris has venom and how we can use this knowledge to curtail the horrific pet trade in this unique animal. I urge you to help us to increase our understanding of this fascinating but under-threat creature by donating. Your donation would provide support to a range of activities to keep slow lorises in the wild where they belong.