Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Our work incorporates expertise and results from different scientific disciplines and integrates theoretical and applied as well as mechanism- and function-oriented research to develop the scientific basis for novel approaches to conservation of wildlife.

We study the diversity of life histories and evolutionary adaptations and their limits (including diseases) of free-ranging and captive wildlife species, and their interactions with people and their environment in Germany, Europe and worldwide.

Our vision is to achieve two goals namely, understanding adaptability: We want to contribute to the development of a comprehensive predictive framework that explains why some wildlife species are threatened by anthropogenic change while others persist or even thrive in degenerated or novel habitats (“understanding adaptability”) and, improving adaptability: Based on this knowledge, we aim to design appropriate concepts and methods for conservation intervention when natural mechanisms of adaptability are likely to fail.

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Alfred-Kowalke-Straße 17, 10315 Berlin, Germany

+ 49 (0)30 51680
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