The Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University aims to promote scientific research and education on wild animals, and to contribute to the peaceful coexistence of living organisms on planet earth. The mission can be summarized in the following three points. First, the center should carry out basic research on endangered and threatened species of wild animals to promote their conservation in their natural habitat, to improve their health and welfare in captivity, and to encourage the fusion of scientific approaches to advance our understanding of human nature. Second, the center should integrate different areas of science to create new disciplines applicable to field settings and to encourage international collaboration for the symbiosis of humans and other living organisms. Third, in collaboration with zoos, sanctuaries, aquariums, and museums, etc, the center should promote environmental education of youths by offering them unique experiences with nonhuman animals, and provide young people with a deep insight into nature including ourselves.

The organizing committee for the Wildlife Research Center


The research conducted at the WRC focuses on endangered large animals from the viewpoints of Mind, Body, Life, Genome, and Health-Longevity. For this purpose, the WRC consists of the following 5 research departments, 1 donated department, 3 research stations in Japan, and 7 field stations in Borneo and Africa.

Research departments

  • Comparative Cognitive Science
  • Zoo Science
  • Conservation Biology
  • Human Evolutionary Science
  • Health and Longevity Science
Donated department
  • Welfare and Longevity Research
Research stations in Japan
Field stations in Borneo and Africa
  • Danum valley in Borneo
  • Ugala and Mahale in Tanzania
  • Kahuzi and Wamba in Congo
  • Mukaraba in Gabon
  • Bossou-Nimba in Guinea