In the past, staff spent time digging for information that’s now “at our fingertips and searchable” in ZIMS, says Mackenzie Neale, Director of Animal Care at Vancouver Aquarium. Sea otter Joey was just a few days old when he was…
New research, shared late last month in the Future of Aquariums/Europe webinar presented by Impacts Experience and Species360, shows that visitors increasingly expect aquariums to be conservation institutions. What does this mean for post-pandemic recovery? And how have closures helped aquariums to increase their presence "outside the walls" of their facilities?
In case you missed it! Here are recent enhancements to ZIMS for Care and Welfare. Using feedback from our members, we implemented improvements that make it easier and faster to track animal welfare, model processes for peer teams, and more quickly rollout templates designed for each species.
Tennessee Aquarium is working to save a species of native trout.
Being good at your mission is more important than ever for aquariums' financial sustainability, according to new research shared in the Future Aquarium Trends webinar and panel discussion hosted this week by Species360. The tighter connection between mission and revenue is one of several important consumer research findings presented by Impacts Experience, a team that helps executives at cultural institutions like aquariums, museums, and zoos to develop business and audience engagement strategies based on actionable data.
As a global nonprofit, Species360 facilitates international collaboration in recording and sharing essential data on species. A growing number of wildlife institutions are participating in this effort. In all, 34 aquariums, zoos, and wildlife refuges in Europe, Asia, and the Americas have joined Species360 this year. They represent non-profit and for-profit, large and small institutions.
Dr. Sandy Trautwein will join Species360 as Director of Aquatics Conservation and Product Management. She most recently was Vice President of Husbandry at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.
Oregon State University, along with The Nature Conservancy and dozens of conservation groups, led a groundbreaking study that found 90.6% of the species population has been wiped out and estimated as many as 5.75 billion animals died from the disease since the die-off began. Species360 is pleased to be a part of foundational research that is essential to informing species conservation.
ZIMS Environmental Quality graphs 36 water quality measurements, including water temperature, salinity, pH, total alkalinity, ammonia, nitrate, and more. The results give aquarists an efficient way to monitor and review changes over time -- with comparisons between enclosures. Data can be exported for further analysis.
Our aquatics community continues to grow, enabling aquariums to curate and share data essential to animal welfare and species conservation. Twenty aquariums worldwide joined Species360 in 2019 and 2020.