Neil D’Cruze
Dr Neil D’Cruze is a wildlife biologist interested in a wide range of conservation and wild animal welfare issues.

Since 2007, he has been involved in tackling a wide range of complex issues including wildlife trade and human-wildlife conflict. His efforts have helped to improve the welfare and conservation status of a wide range of different species including Sloth bears in India, African elephants in Tanzania, Brown bears in Turkey, Asian palm civets in Indonesia and Green sea turtles in the Caribbean.

Since 2004, he has also personally led biodiversity field research projects throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Central America for a variety of national and international NGOs. The majority of his field studies have been dedicated to generating baseline ecological data for previously unexplored areas and have focused on a range of different taxa.

A trained taxonomist, with a particular passion for herpetology, he has discovered and described six new species previously unknown to science. 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.

Currently he is Head of Wildlife Policy and Research at, UK and joined WildCRU at the University of Oxford as visiting academic in 2014.

Entries by Neil D’Cruze

Exotic Pets - Consumers May Not Be Willing to Pay the Price

(0) Comments | Posted 28 June 2016 | (11:02)

© World Animal Protection

In Britain we have a global reputation as a 'nation of pet lovers', widely recognized for our national obsession that extends beyond the usual cat, dog or hamster. According to industry experts, there were more...

Read Post

A Call Out to Creative Minds - Can You Think for Tigers?

(0) Comments | Posted 6 December 2015 | (23:00)

©Aniruddha Mookerjee

The tiger is one of the most iconic animal species on earth, but the largest of the 'big cats' is on the brink of extinction. A hundred years ago, as many as 100,000 wild tigers roamed across Asia. Today, there...

Read Post

TripAdvisor Ratings Don't Help You Avoid Animal Cruelty

(1) Comments | Posted 22 October 2015 | (11:52)

Copyright Neil D'Cruze

Tourism is big business. Already worth over a trillion dollars globally, 1.2 billion of us will travel abroad for our holidays this year alone. A rapidly growing industry, travel experts predict that it is set to increase by 50%...

Read Post

Sea Turtles Dying Daily During Cayman Cover Up

(5) Comments | Posted 9 October 2015 | (16:49)

©World Animal Protection

It is truly sad, but unfortunately not surprising, to hear the latest revelations of animal cruelty at The Cayman Turtle Farm. As reported by the Cayman media this week, in 2014, the Farm lost a total of...

Read Post

Breeding Cruelty - The Problem With Lion Tourism in Africa

(0) Comments | Posted 6 August 2015 | (21:47)

© World Animal Protection

The death of Cecil the lion has caused global public outrage, the like of which has never been seen before. On World Lion Day it is also important to remember the many thousands of lions whose welfare, and...

Read Post

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright!

(0) Comments | Posted 9 February 2015 | (19:20)

Copyright Neil D'Cruze

So far, 2015 has already been a great year for the tiger, one of the world's most charismatic and critically endangered species. In January, India - estimated to be home for around 70% of the world's wild tigers -...

Read Post

Ten Things You Need to Know About Illegal Wildlife Trade

(1) Comments | Posted 11 February 2014 | (23:00)

©Jon Nichols

In February 2014, the UK Government will host a land mark international conference focused on the illegal wildlife trade. The aim of this global gathering is to secure a high level political commitment to take urgent action to...

Read Post

Wildlife Trade - Why Is No-one Shouting About Animal Welfare?

(4) Comments | Posted 6 January 2014 | (16:04)


Broken bones, crushed internal organs, limb loss, suffocation, dehydration, starvation, malnutrition, disease, chronic stress and fear. These are just some of the concerning injuries and conditions that are experienced by animals associated with wildlife trade.

Every day, wild animals are either...

Read Post

Protecting Elephants - Ivory Trade Should Not Be Our Only Concern

(0) Comments | Posted 15 December 2013 | (23:00)


The global trade in elephant ivory requires our focused attention if the world's largest land mammal is to survive past the next 12 years. But African elephants (and let's not forget their Asian counterparts) are not only under threat due to rising demand...

Read Post