Welcome to the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research!

Willkommen am Leibniz-Institut für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung (IZW)! Deutsche Version der IZW-Webseite.

The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to developing the scientific basis for novel approaches to wildlife conservation.

In the current era of the Anthropocene, virtually all ecosystems in the world are subjected to man-made impacts. As yet, it is not possible to predict the response of wildlife to the ever-increasing global change. Why are some wildlife species threatened by anthropogenic change, while others persist or even thrive in modified, degenerated or novel habitats?

To answer this and related questions, the IZW conducts basic and applied research across different scientific disciplines. 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.

The IZW is a member of the Leibniz Association and the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.

A big bite brings big success

One of the biggest puzzles in evolution is why some groups of organisms contain many species while others have only a few. You might expect that groups of the same geological age would have a similar number of species, but that is seldom the case. Among mammals, the New World Leaf-Nosed bats comprise almost 200 species, while their closest relatives include only 10 species despite evolving over the same period of time. Why are there so many species of New World Leaf-Nosed bats?

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Ancient DNA provides new insights into cave paintings of horses

An international team of  researchers has used ancient DNA to shed new light on the realism of  horses depicted in prehistoric cave paintings.

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24 species of carnivores confirmed for Borneo

The first Borneo Carnivore Symposium (BCS) was concluded on a high note this week as worldwide experts determined species priorities for the Bornean nations of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia.

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Wildlife conservation in managed forests - International cooperation

On Monday, 7th February 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the State Government of Sabah (Malaysia), represented by the Sabah Forestry Department (SFD) and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) of Germany.

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Germany supports Malaysia to prevent extinction crisis of Asian mammals

On Monday, 22nd November 2010, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), the Leipzig Zoo (LZ) and the State Government of Sabah, represented by the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD), combining international expertise and resources in order to prevent further losses of biodiversity.

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