We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.

E.O. Wilson

Our environment is changing – in a natural way, as well as by the influence of humans. Biodiversity is lost, while the inventory of existing animals is not completed at all. But the various characteristics and benefits of the well-known species are only fragmentary known. The research of their qualities is a requirement for a sustainable coexistence of humans, technology and nature in the future. This gives us the responsibility to preserve wide knowledge about the fauna in addition to species and nature protection. That is why the UN convention on biodiversity highlighted the requirement to preserve biological information through scientific collections.

Collecting is a scientific necessity and the basis of all research. The origins of the most important collections of our time often date back to the last centuries. Its importance for science, but also public education and social development has increased continually. Today the life sciences are developing increasingly into the driving force of a future ecologically orientated society. The CRYO-BREHM stays abreast of these circumstances. As one of the world`s most advanced bio repositories it preserves extensive biological information in a lively manner and complements additionally the classical natural history repositories with advanced scientific uses through the collection of living cell cultures of wildlife. This cross-generational project will be passed on to our children and grandchildren and will be continued by them.