ZIMS at Work / Member News
The Cayman Centre's sea turtle records are maintained using the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS), the world’s largest set of data on species in human care, and stay with the turtle throughout its life. When an individual is released to the wild, it is tagged and the date and location of the release is recorded in ZIMS, along with metrics such as weight and carapace measurements.
Species360 provides the Sanctuary with resources based on information gathered across 1,300 member institutions worldwide, including leading wildlife refuges and conservation centers. That includes ZIMS Global Medical Resources, insight to global populations, and access to peers caring for the same species worldwide.
Since its founding, EAZA member AquaZoo has used the Species360 Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) to record and share data on animals and enclosures. AquaZoo created a new habitat for…
EAZA members and other like-minded zoos and aquariums have been curating and sharing data on species for nearly half a century. The result, the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) managed by nonprofit Species360, is one of the world's largest datasets on species.
In this ZIMS at Work article, we interview Erica Royer, Aviculturist and Red Siskin Consortium Coordinator and Studbook Keeper at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (NZCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia (United States). Erica shares insights on achieving reproductive success with the endangered Red Siskin, and the impact of using ZIMS for Institutional Studbooks to manage essential information about individual birds, breeding pairs, and hatchlings.
For this ZIMS at Work article, we spoke with two leaders from the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, about species discoveries, aquarium veterinary, enclosure management, water quality tracking, and more.