The IZW was founded in 1992 and performs basic and applied research on wildlife to provide the scientific underpinnings for worldwide conservation of wildlife species and natural processes (“evolutionary wildlife research for conservation”). The institute studies 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 conducts research into genetic, physiological, veterinary, behavioural, ecological and evolutionary mechanisms and incorporates theoretical and applied as well as mechanism-oriented and functional research to develop the scientific basis for novel approaches to conservation of wildlife.


Leibniz-Institut für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung
Alfred-Kowalke-Straße 17
10315 Berlin
T +49 030 / 51 68 - 0

Prof. Heribert Hofer

Managing Director:
Martin Böhnke (komm.)

Local Administration:
Dr Uli Rockenbauch

Jan Zwilling