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Species360 Research Partner Program Overview and Resources

Download a PPT summary of the Species360 Research Partner Program, including sample reports.

The Species360 Research Partner Program enables researchers to gain online access to Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) data, reports, and tools – all available on individual species and drawing upon the vast reserve of animal data recorded by wildlife experts worldwide.

Where does the data originate? Species360 members – including over 1,200 zoo, aquarium, university, research and governmental institutions in 100 countries – use ZIMS to record and share animal husbandry, animal welfare, medical, biobank, and studbooks data for thousands of animals in their care.

By sharing data as part of Species360, zoo and aquarium experts increase what we know about species as much as 800 percent. Read how this impacts discovery and policy decisions, with commentary by James R. Carey, University of California.

Research partners have online access to a variety of reports and tools – all available on individual species. Among them:

Husbandry Data:  Species Event History, Species Holding, Animal Age Distribution, Weight Comparison Report, TAG Export, Population Overview, Global Holdings by Animal Type.

Medical Data:  Anesthesia Summaries, Drug Usage by Type, Expected Blood Test Results.

Privacy Policy: The Species360 data is anonymous, adhering to privacy standards of our members, and allows researchers to analyze aggregated husbandry, demographic, and medical data for thousands of species.

Species360 Data: Sample reports in ZIMS (Zoological Information Management System)

Research partners have online access to a variety of reports and tools, including data on individual species. Here is a look at some of the available information.

Species360 Research Partner Program Annual Subscription: Colleges, universities, veterinary and wildlife centers, students and individual researchers, and others can subscribe to the Research Partner Program for a low annual fee. Access may be shared with other researchers within your facility. For more information, please contact

Sample Population Overview Report for: Aonyx cinereus / Asian small-clawed otter IUCN: Vulnerable (VU) CITES: II (From: 08 Aug 1999 to: 08 Aug 2019) (Source: Species360 / Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS))
Sample Excerpt: AnesthesiaSummary-Wolf (Source: Species360 / Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS))
Sample Excerpt of Species360 Research Partner report, Elephas maximus Expected Test Results (Source: Species360 / Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS))
Hear what wildlife experts with CITES, IUCN SSC, TRAFFIC, and more say about the value of Species360 and ZIMS data (Video).

Biodemography: An Introduction to Concepts and Methods (2020, Princeton) – Using data modeling, among many concepts delivered, the authors demonstrate how animal data curated and shared by Species360 zoo and aquarium members opens up new understanding of age-specific species reproduction.

Who are some of our Species360 Research Partners? 

Here is a look at some of the institutions participating in our research partner program:

IUCN Primates Section on Small Apes will use ZIMS data to inform gibbon rescue, rehabilitation, and conservation centers. *University of California, Davis (United States) – Conducting research on wildlife life history and behavior change over time and space. The researcher is particularly interested in examining variation in birthing times across a latitudinal gradient, supplementing work being done in the field. *Veterinary Diagnostic Services (Canada) – A laboratory within the Manitoba Agriculture Department, Government of Canada. *University of Pennsylvania (United States) – Conducting research on wildlife fertility and how it varies by birth season and by species. *Babes Bolyai University (Romania) – Evolutionary Ecology Group will enhance their field-collected physiological measurements on bird species with zoo results.  Research focused on finding correlations between bird species physiological parameters, specimen size, and overall health predictors. *Murdoch University (Australia) – Compliment their field research in numerous wildlife medical areas with aggregated zoo data for a more complete species’ understanding. *Sorrento Therapeutics (Nasdaq: SRNE) & their ARK Animal Health subsidiary, USA – Clinical stage biotechnology company involved in physical research, primarily engaged in the discovery and development of therapies focused on oncology and the treatment of chronic cancer pain – in human, companion animals, wildlife. *Hamilton College, Department of Biology (United States) –Research investigating the trade-offs among physiological traits across numerous wildlife species. *University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) – Research on population changes of species held in captivity that have disappeared (or are at a critical stage) in the wild in the Ivory Coast.  This research is part of the wildlife project under the direction of the Aboukouamékro National Parc, Ivory Coast.  *University of California, Berkeley (United States) – Research on the types of species frequently held in zoo collections to help inform biodiversity discussions, and conservation prioritization/spending. *University of Virginia (United States) — Comparative study of parasitism and immune function in primates will use physiological markers data in ZIMS. *University of Suffolk (UK) Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation Science Program. *Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden (United States) – Physiological reference norms and species holding information to be used by this non-member institution to strengthen their deliver of medical care and support collaborative animal transactions. *University of Navarro (Spain) – Department of Environmental Biology is completing analysis on the role of zoos in species conservation.  *Snow Leopard Trust (United States) –  Research to protect the endangered snow leopard and its habitat in 12 countries of Central Asia.

Species360 Research Partner Program Subscription: There is an annual subscription to participate in the Research Partner Program. Access can be shared with other researchers within your facility. 

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For more information: Download a (PPT) summary of the Species360 Research Partner Program and sample reports.

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