Animal Records

The BIAZA Records Group works closely with ISIS (International Species Information System), DEFRA, BIAZA and EAZA to advise and stay up to date with the most recent developments and ideas in zoo records and to communicate these to BIAZA members. Good animal records are a vital part of animal management, allowing for evidence-based decision making and the advancement of data sharing throughout zoos. This provides a wider pool of information upon which to base husbandry, health, breeding, conservation and collection planning decisions. The most recent developments are with the global Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS), an online animal records database, which has far reaching possibilities and the potential to be highly influential in zoo management and conservation. It is a huge but exciting development for both zoos internationally and for ISIS, who are developing the application on our behalf.

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Paignton Zoo's Great Big Rhino Project has made crucial donations of cash to wildlife conservation on two continents. The Project is to give £60,000 to support work in Africa and South East Asia to protect rhinos in the wild. More

Collaborative research by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Bristol Zoological Society and the Comorian NGO Dahari has revealed the Livingstone’s fruit bat is likely to be the most endangered fruit bat in the world. 


New data released by WWF and ZSL (Zoological Society of London) today reveals that overall global vertebrate populations are on course to decline by an average of 67 per cent from 1970 levels by the end of this decade, unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact on species and ecosystems.


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