The Wildlife Institute at Beijing Forestry University (BFU) was established in April 2009, with support of the Chinese National Government’s State Forestry Administration (SFA) and a global network of international experts. The institute was founded with the goal of providing evidence for wildlife conservation and management within China and internationally. The Wildlife Institute operates within four overarching themes: Research, Application, Education and Cooperation. Strong collaborations with colleges within BFU (such as the College of Nature Conservation) as well as universities across China, allow the Wildlife Institute to maintains a strong academic foundation and carry out interdisciplinary scientific research in fields such as wildlife ecology, evolution, conservation and sustainable wildlife utilisation. In addition to an integrated network within China the WI has strong international collaborations, such as its long-term partnership with The University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU). Through undertaking collaborative research, academic exchanges and the mutual cultivation of postgraduate students we have strengthened our international status and furthered our development as the primary wildlife research group in China.
Research - Provide robust evidence enabling Development of solutions to wildlife conservation and management challenges within China.
Application - Building mechanisms of information-exchange and feedback between the Wildlife Institute, Government authority departments and nature reserves.
Education - Sharing our knowledge of wildlife by utilising education resources; promoting the cultivation of scientific talent and public engagement.
Cooperation - Strengthening integration at home and abroad by leading programs based on combined action, learning and research.
Our Future Objective
We aim to be at the leading edge of international wildlife research by addressing key issues in the conservation, management and sustainable utilisation of species through scientific research and practical initiatives. Doing so will require continued close collaborations with well-known international partner organisations, such as the University of Oxford, in order to establish a high-level research platform for wildlife conservation in China and a first-class university research institute.