Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)

IZW profileDiseases and changes in natural habitat threaten the existence of many wild animals. Biologists and veterinarians at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) investigate how mammals and birds interact with humans and the environment. The main objective is to explore the benefits and limitations of adaptation of large wild animals and the role they play in natural and cultural ecosystems. The findings gained are a prerequisite for scientifically based species protection and for devising concepts of ecological sustainability in the use of natural resources.
Researchers work on site at IZW and – in collaborative projects – in the rest of Europe, Asia, Africa and North, Central and South America. They carry out application-oriented and interdisciplinary basic research in the fields of evolutionary ecology, evolutionary genetics, wild animal diseases, reproductive biology and reproductive management of zoo and wild animals. IZW has numerous links to universities and non-university research institutions at both national and international level.

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Director: Professor Dr. Heribert Hofer
Alfred-Kowalke-Str. 17, 10315 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 51 68-0
Staff incl. guests: 212
Budget (Mio. EUR): 10,9
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