Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity
As the Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity, the Museum Koenig has extended its research in the area of Systematic Zoology by important tasks around the global biodiversity crisis. Through this approach, the Museum Koenig staff provides an important contribution towards the protection of the biological resources on Earth, because our results are made available to the scientific community and are discussed worldwide. These scientific results contribute to the properly competent economical and political decisions aimed at safeguarding the basis of human life. With this spectrum of tasks, the Museum Koenig does a highly topical and future-oriented research. At the same time it holds an important position within the frame of many and diverse co-operations on international efforts to preserve the biodiversity on Earth.
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