Dr Neil D’Cruze
Technical Expert for Animals in the Wild, World Animal Protection
Neil is a wildlife researcher interested in a range of conservation and animal welfare issues. Through his research, he seeks to obtain the evidence required to demonstrate the commonalities between these two scientific disciplines. This data is used to inform the development and implementation of practical solutions that simultaneously reduce the unnecessary suffering of wild animals whilst protecting wild populations.
He has been involved in addressing a wide range of complex issues including wildlife farming, human-wildlife conflict, and wildlife trade. His efforts have helped to improve the welfare and conservation status of a wide range of different species including Sloth bears in India, Civets in Indonesia, Brown bears in Turkey, and Green turtles in the Caribbean.
During his career Neil has lived, worked and travelled in over 40 countries across 6 continents and has published over 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles. As trained taxonomist, with a particular passion for herpetology, he has also helped to discover and describe six new species previously unknown to science. Neil has led biodiversity field research projects throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Central America for a variety of national and international NGOs and in 2014 he joined WildCRU at the University of Oxford as visiting academic. In 2012 he was also the first scientist to gain wild photographic evidence of the endangered Visayan spotted deer and Warty pig via remote camera trapping in the Philippines.