Professor David Macdonald CBE DSc. FRSE, founded Oxford University’s WildCru (Wildlife Conservation Research Unit) in 1986, the first European university – based conservation unit.

It remains the largest and best known such unit – a world class academic centre addressing the greatest threats to wildlife.

Professor Macdonald’s high profile documentaries such as ‘Night of the Fox’ won the BAFTA for best documentary film (1976), and his ‘Meerkats United’ was awarded top prize at the Wildscreen Film Festival and was voted “Best Wildlife Film of all Time” by BBC viewers.

‘Meerkats United’ made in 1987 was awarded top prize at the Wildscreen Film Festival and was voted best wildlife film of all time by BBC viewers.


This 30 minute documentary features a family of “grey meerkats” living in the Kalahari Desert. The documentary reveals how they cope with all kinds of predators, how they find and catch food, how they raise their young and how they deal with competitive rival gangs – It was watched by 500 million people.

WildCru works in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nepal, Bhutan among other countries.

In 2016, WildCru engaged in a collaboration in Sri Lanka, working with local research scientists Anjali Watson and Andrew Kittle on their long running Leopard Project.

David Macdonald at FGLF 2017

Don’t miss Professor David Macdonald’s events:

David Macdonald and Dawn Burnham of Oxford’s WildCru on Was Cecil Special?: Our Love of Wildcats through the Ages

A PRIVATE LUNCH with David Macdonald and Dawn Burnham