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The Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology is an institute of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. The central purpose of the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology is to study the needs and behaviour of wild animals in ecological contexts, thus establishing the scientific basis for efficient nature,-  species,- and environment conservation, and for sustainable use of multi-functional landscapes.

The institute belongs to the Department of Interdisciplinary Life Sciences of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. 


The ecological problems that are growing in the face of climate change require integrative approaches that incorporate expertise from various disciplines. With our interdisciplinary research team, we develop practical solutions and close crucial knowledge gaps with solid basic research. In our research, we focus on wild animals both in the cultural landscape and in protected areas. The results of our work are made available to experts in the form of scientific publications. Furthermore, supported by our excellent regional and international network, our results can also be implemented in nature and species protection measures and modern wildlife management.

The institute undertakes long-term, inter-disciplinary and international research at different levels: individual, population, ecosystem, and landscape.  We are particularly proud of the close collaboration between scientists from various disciplines, such as biology, veterinary science and genetics, at the Institute.  In the process we employ a variety of methods, from simple observation to chemical analysis, molecular biology and mathematical modelling. 

Based on solid research results we develop practical concepts and solutions to ensure suitable habitats for wildlife even in multi-functional landscapes, and to reduce human-wildlife conflicts.  

Areas of work

  • Basic and applied research in landscapes used for agriculture and forestry, urban regions, and protected areas at national and international levels
  • Services for public and private entities, such as advisory services, ecological assessments, and veterinary science diagnosis
  • Interdisciplinary university-level teaching, training seminars, and environmental education
  • Environmental education and public outreach


We are proud that scientists and experts trained by us can successfully establish themselves both in university research and in the applied field of wildlife management. A newly founded alumni platform allows us to stay in touch and to spread the latest research results and ensure a lively exchange.