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 all, ZooParc de Beauval maintains as many as 15,000 historical biological samples. Storing those samples is one challenge. Another is tracking each sample, its origin, and any test results, says Beauval Head Veterinarian Dr. Baptiste Mulot.