India’s Bannerghatta Biological Park and Nandankanan Zoological Park have joined Species360 as institutional members, continuing memberships that began as part of the 10-year Central Zoo Authority (CZA) partnership. By continuing to participate in the Species360 community, the two parks benefit from resources critical to wildlife management while also helping to improve animal welfare and species conservation worldwide.
“We are pleased to welcome these important leaders within India’s zoological community as institutional members of Species360. Bannerghatta Biological Park and Nandankanan Zoological Park are highly regarded for their expertise in sustaining critical populations of endangered species,” said Peter Donlon, director of member development, Species360.
Bannerghatta Biological Park uses Species360 member-supported ZIMS to manage information critical to its animal welfare and species conservation programs. Located near the city of Bengaluru (Bangalore) in the forests of the famous Bannerghatta National Park, the park provides critical conservation and education programs to sustain biodiversity of flora, fauna, and species in the region.
Earlier this year, Nandankanan Zoological Park became the first of India’s zoological and conservation parks to join Species360 as an independent member. Nandankanan is recognized for its unique expertise in sustaining and breeding populations of critically endangered species such as the Indian Pangolin, White Tiger, and Gharial crocodile.
Both zoological parks are members of the Central Zoo Authority and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).
Species360 members include nearly 1,200 zoos and aquariums and wildlife centers worldwide. Together, they curate and use ZIMS, the world’s largest set of wildlife species data to improve animal husbandry, medical care, breeding, enrichment, and species conservation operations.