The Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) is an independent research institute of the state of Northrhine-Westphalia. As a member of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft (WGL) the ZFMK is jointly funded by the state of Northrhine-Westphalia, the other states of Germany and the federal government.
Research fields exercised at a worldwide scale are biodiversity in terrestrial habitats, taxonomy and systematics of terrestrial vertebrates and arthropods (including the limnetic fauna) and evolutionary biology. This research is based on the extensive scientific collections of the Museum. As databases of life they are the indispensable reference source for all profound analyses of biodiversity on earth.
Museum Koenig undertakes its research tasks in close cooperation with other scientific natural history collections in Germany and abroad.