Trophy Hunting, Twitter and Tricky Conservation

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Wildlife conservation gets substantial public attention and buy-in, generating many benefits. However, conservation is often complex and counter-intuitive, making public understanding tricky and generating abuse towards scientists trying to explain that complexity. Here, conservation biologist Amy Dickman explores these dynamics using the example of trophy hunting, one of the most emotive and polarized conservation topics today. She will highlight the importance of listening to diverse voices and ensuring that conservation policies are informed more by evidence than emotion, even when considering the killing of some of the planet’s most iconic species.

Free to members of Oxfordshire Mammal Group

£3 on the door to non-members


About the speaker: 

DR. Amy Dickman, Kaplan Senior Research Fellow in Felid Conservation at Oxford University, has over 20 years’ experience working on large carnivores in Africa, specialising in human-carnivore conflict.  She has published over 80 scientific papers and book chapters on large carnivore ecology and conservation. 

Establishing the Ruaha Carnivore Project in 2009, Amy has achieved vital conservation successes in one of Africa’s most important landscapes for large carnivores, the Ruaha Landscape in Tanzania, which supports nearly 10% of the world’s remaining lions. 

Amy is a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, the Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration, the African Lion Working Group, the IUCN Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force, and is a National Geographic Explorer and founding member of Pride Lion Alliance. She has received multiple awards for her work including the 2020 National Geographic’s ‘Women of Impact’ award.