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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

IZW

The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin, Germany (www.izw-berlin.de) conducts integrated biological and veterinary research on wildlife. The work is focused on the mechanisms and functions of evolutionary adaptations that ensure the survival and reproduction of individuals in free-ranging and captive populations of wildlife, and the limits that may affect the viability and persistence of such populations. For this purpose, the IZW studies the behavioural and evolutionary ecology, wildlife diseases, and reproduction of mostly larger, long-lived mammals and birds. The IZW undertakes strategic, problem-oriented, long-term, interdisciplinary, basic and applied research programmes in cooperation with academic institutions, zoological gardens, protected areas, and other organisations in order to contribute to the persistence of viable wildlife populations. With 28 staff scientists and more than 60 post-docs and PhD students, the IZW is probably the largest institute of its kind in Europe and has extensive experience in the deployment and use of telemetry devices in several model taxa such as carnivores, ungulates and elephants and uses a variety of experimental approaches to study the ecology and physiology of movements and distribution of wildlife. It runs permanent field ecological research sites in Germany and with cooperation partners in other European countries as well as in Tanzania, Namibia, Borneo, Costa Rica, Ecuador and elsewhere. The IZW is particularly renowned for its long-term studies of the behavioural ecology of African carnivores, the conservation ecology and medicine of European raptors, the physiology, ecology and genetics of European ungulates, the physiological ecology and conservation medicine of bats and the successful development and application of assisted reproduction techniques for the conservation breeding of highly threatened taxa. The IZW is particularly interested in the intelligent use and development of methods in the nexus of behavioural, physiological and veterinary approaches to answer questions relevant to the biological conservation of wildlife. Because a crucial aspect of the conservation of wildlife is often the solution of conflicts over land use between different stakeholders, the IZW also combines the use of technical advances in telemetry and other fields with a thoughtful approach to involve stakeholders in conservation-oriented research projects.