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ZIMS for Studbooks: Get new insight to the age of regional and international populations

Capuchin monkeys are among many species supported by the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) Population Management programmes. (Photo Credit: Financial Times)

Available immediately, Species360 is introducing a new ZIMS for Studbooks feature that gives species population managers a clear view of the age spread as well as gender, across populations by regional and international studbook.

Studbook keepers are essential to ensuring the welfare of populations. By sharing data and gaining a better view of populations across regions, these experts collaborate in maintaining the welfare of individuals and groups.

To provide easier access to information about the populations that they manage, Species360 continues to improve the ZIMS for Studbooks resource — adding Global Search, identifiers by IUCN status, institutional studbooks, and now a new age structure tool.

See a 5-minute video demonstration of the ZIMS for Studbooks Age Structure feature, guided by product owner Katelyn Mucha. (Source: Species360)
Katelyn Mucha is Product Owner, ZIMS for Studbooks, Species360. She is also an Adjunct Population Biologist for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Population Management Center.

Here’s what the age group feature does:

·       Hover over the age group bar to see a total count and breakdown of sex types.

·       Click age group to view animal list: Select the age group to view the animals that are within that age class (similar to the census report tool).

·       Filter for undetermined age estimate animals: Use the checkbox on the screen to include or exclude animals with undetermined date estimates. By default, animals with undetermined age estimates will be excluded.

·       Filter the graph by location, UDF, and taxonomy.

·       View which animals in the structure have or have not produced offspring.

·       User can click and drag vertically to zoom into the structure (similar functionality as census graph).

·       Export to JPEG, PNG, and PDF available.

The new tool is subject to “role” control. If you do not already have access, contact your regional association or institutional studbook administrator.

Thank you, and as always, please let us know your feedback and questions by emailing

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