The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research of Berlin

The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) conducts integrated biological and veterinary research on wildlife. The work of the IZW focusses on the evolutionary adaptations that ensure the survival and reproduction of individuals in free-ranging and captive populations of wildlife. For this purpose, researchers of the IZW study the behavioural and evolutionary ecology, wildlife diseases, and reproduction of mammals that are keystone species for their ecosystems, endangered species or umbrella species of certain habitats. The focus is on the vitality and adaptability of wildlife populations that face anthropogenic challenges. Such knowledge is a precondition for a scientifically based approach to conservation and for the development of concepts for the ecologically sustainable use of natural resources.


The IZW is a member of the Leibniz Association, a scientific organization comprised of 82 non-university research institutes and scientific service facilities. 

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