August 31, 2015: We are amazed and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for Oxford's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) following Jimmy Kimmel's impassioned call to arms over the death of Cecil the Lion. The sheer volume of donations the University has received from Oxonians and friends worldwide was unexpected and is deeply appreciated. As of this afternoon, we have received over 13,000 gifts totaling over $977,000.
Our colleagues in the UK are equally grateful for this incredible generosity and we refer back to WildCRU Director David Macdonald's thanks to Cecil supporters around the world: "Thank you: for an organisation that depends on philanthropy, we are deeply grateful for this support - it will be a wonderful testament to Cecil the lion if we are empowered by these donations to continue and to increase our conservation work."
To learn more about the work WildCRU does in Africa and around the world, please visit www.wildcru.org. To make a donation from the US, click the above image of Cecil. Click here for information on how to donate from Canada and worldwide.