Jo Seton, Contributing Editor This ZIMS at Work feature on Audubon Nature Institute is one of a series of stories about Species360 member institutions that record and share data to help improve animal welfare and inform species conservation. Ease of record-sharing in…
Exciting improvements are coming to the Species360 Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) in 2023! ZIMS will receive a new look as we modernize and update the platform, enhancing the capabilities and functionality of ZIMS.
The Managed Groups feature is used to track which animals have been or are currently housed together. This information provides better insight to how species are being managed, what is working, and how changes can impact populations – especially when institutions hold more than one group.
As a member of the Species360 community for over 35 years, Bristol Zoological Society is already using ZIMS – the Zoological Information Management System used by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), and other zoo and aquarium associations worldwide – to streamline the way that information is recorded and applied throughout the organisation.
The highest requested feature in a 2021 user survey, the new ZIMS for Studbooks dashboard provides detailed reproductive information that can be used to improve management decisions and conservation of a species.
Congratulations to Erika Fronk on her 10th anniversary with Species360! As a Member Support Advocate, Erika directly supports more than 270 association and institutional members, including regional associations World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Zoo and Aquarium Association - Australasia (ZAA), and more. In 2021, Erika handled nearly 1,800 questions and help requests from our members.
Species360's ZIMS for Studbooks team introduces an age structure tool to view animals by age and to quickly see the number of males and females by age.
Now that regional associations are done migrating, we are focused on migrating member institution studbooks. Our goal is to migrate all member institution studbooks to ZIMS by end of 2021.
Species360 releases ZIMS for Studbooks global search tool -- allowing associations, species survival programs, zoos, and aquariums to identify studbooks and managers supporting collaborative breeding programs.
As a global community, we are now managing over 1,060 studbooks using ZIMS for Studbooks. The transition to an integrated, secure, standardized solution helps to improve access to information that is critical to managing populations, their genetics and welfare, now and in the future.