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Kunming Institute of Zoology (Established 1999)
Educational Program
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Director: Weizhi Ji
Phone: 86 (871) 519-0390   Fax: 86 (871) 519-1823  
32 East Jaio Chang Road; 650223, Kunming, Yunnan CHINA
Affiliations: Chinese Academy of Sciences

Mission: The research priorities of the institute are given to the conservation, exploration and sustainable utilization of animal resources in the tropical and subtropical area in China. Efforts are being directed toward the studies of taxonomy, phylogeny, conservation biology, cellular and molecular biology, as well as primatology and animal resources.

Principal Research Programs: Department of Vertebrates -- focus on systematics and ecology of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, freshwater fish, and insects in southwest China; Department of Cytogenetics and the Key Laboratory for Cellular and Molecular Evolution -- study evolution, genetic diversity of mammals and domestic animals as well as human ethnic groups; Department of Primate Biology -- emphasis on neurobiology, reproduction, immunology, behavior and ecology; Conservation Biology Center -- involved in trans-boundary biodiversity conservation, ecology of endangered animals and public education for conservation; Kunming Cell Bank of the Chinese Academy of Sciences -- active in storage of tissues, semen and embryos for endemic and endangered species in China.; Biochemistry Department

Training Opportunities: Master and doctoral degrees are available for veterbrate taxonomy, ecology, genetics of mammmals and domestica animals, behavior, reproduction, neurobiology and immunology for non-human primates, and biochemistry. Post-doctural training programs for 2 to 3 years are authorized and supported by the Central Government.

Number of Staff: 298

Supported Species: 2 Hoolock hoolock (western hoolock gibbon), 7 Macaca arctoides (stump-tailed macaque), 17 Macaca assamensis (Assamese macaque), 152 Macaca fascicularis (long-tailed macaque), 760 Macaca mulatta (rhesus macaque), 100 Macaca nemestrina (pigtail macaque), 22 Macaca thibetana (Milne-Edward's macaque), 4 Nomascus leucogenys (northern white-cheeked gibbon), 10 Nycticebus coucang (slow loris), 12 Nycticebus pygmaeus (lesser slow loris), 11 Rhinopithecus bieti (black snub-nosed monkey), 4 Trachypithecus francoisi (Francois's langur), 2 Trachypithecus phayrei (Phayre's leaf monkey)

Last Updated: 2000-08-16

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