The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) is one of the largest natural-history-research museums in Germany. The museum has earned its reputation as a leader in the documentation, research, and interpretation of biodiversity.
The important scientific collections, which focus on terrestrial vertebrates and insects, constitute the "heart of the museum". These collections form the basis for the diversity of research performed in the museum.
The permanent exhibition presents only parts of these rich resources.
The ZFMK is under the jurisdiction of the state of Nordrhein Westfalia. The official authority to which it reports is the ministry of innovation, science, and research of the state of Nordrhein Westfalia in Düsseldorf.
The national and international significance of the research conducted in the museum, and hence its trend-setting work, conforms to national interests. Accordingly, half of the research costs in the annual budget, consisting of ca. 3.5 million Euro, is defrayed by the federal government.
The museum maintains 49 permanent positions (14 of which are held by researchers), as well as 130 additional employees (comprising 15 researchers in externally funded projects, 100 doctoral, masters, and undergraduate students, and 15 volunteers).
The director's position has been linked since 1989 with that of the Chair of Systematic Zoology in the University of Bonn.