The history of the department goes back to 1967, when it was funded as the Department of Animal Production of the Tropics and Subtropics. In 2013, after the Faculty of Tropical Agriculture was established, the department gained its current name. The activities of the faculty are divided into two main branches; the first is Animal and Food Science, the second is Wildlife management.
Our research and teaching activities within the field of Animal and Food Science are focused on the application of modern findings from animal husbandry in the tropics and subtropics. The main attention is put on breeding and the improvement of the use made of local livestock breeds, the feeding and nutrition of animals, animal hygiene, illness prevention and animal welfare. All these are logically complemented by the processing of agriproducts in connection with food security and hygiene in food processing.
Within the field of study Wildlife Management, the main focus is put on the breeding, conservation and agricultural utility of indigenous species in the tropics. Behavioural studies and studies concerning the physiology and reproduction of domestic and wild animals also plays an important role in our teaching activities and the research.
Members of the department have contributed to the Western Deby eland (Taurotragus derbianus derbianus) conservation programme in Senegal since 2000. Since 2006, the department has been conducting farming of common eland (Taurotragus oryx) at CZU Farm Estate Lány, where the farming of guanacos (Lama guanicoe) has also been established.
The research activities of the department are mostly carried out via research grants and student scientific project work with the goal of publishing these in scientific journals with an impact factor. The school laboratories as well as our own Common eland and guanaco farm are used for the research. Other research is also carried out in the zoological gardens and private farms and also in natural reserves in Senegal, where a lot of student’s research for theses about Derby elands and other species, and also about biodiversity conservation and education, were carried out during recent years.