ZFMK, as Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity, is an independent research institute.
The focal point of research is performing an inventory of the zoological species diversity on earth, the analysis of changes in biodiversity as a result of environmental factors and through evolutionary processes at the morphological and molecular level.
We furthermore explore the context of structure and function of ecological systems, advanced scientific methods and the study of the history of science.
The Centre for Biodiversity Monitoring (ZBM) in Central Europe is under construction at the Koenig Research Museum. Scientific monitoring of species diversity and habitats should prevent a large proportion of local fauna from dying out unnoticed in Germany in the future. Continue to the ZBM
[12.04.2019] The EU-SYNTHESYS+ project funds access of international scientist (emphasis EU) to the sientific collections and research infrastructure of ZFMK. Supported are visits of several weeks. This includes both, access to the scientific collections, and research infrastructure such as the labs for morphology and molecular research. The actual call is open, and ends April 12th. SYNTHESYS+ is the most important research network of European natural history museums.
[18.12.2018] Scientists at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig - Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity (ZFMK) discovered more than 450 millipedes in 100-million-year-old Burmese amber.
[14.09.2018] From September 17th to 20th, 2018, the 92nd Annual Meeting of the German Society for Mammalian Biology will take place at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig - Leibniz Institute for Biodiversity of Animals (ZFMK) in Bonn. 71 Scientists from all over the world will discuss the topics "Mammal Research in Africa", " Conservation and Biogeography" as well as other subjects . Numerous mammal species -from bats to giraffes – will be covered in almost 30 talks that deal with their lifestyle, relationships, and conservation. The Fritz-Frank-Award for excellent scientific work in mammalian biology will be awarded on Thursday, 20th of September 2018, at 10.30 am in the lecture room. The award is endowed with 3,000 Euro, further emphasizing the outstanding importance of this honour in the field of life sciences. This year, two awardees were able to convince the jury with their outstanding dissertations. Representatives of the press are welcome.