Species360 elects new trustees to Board
Minneapolis, MN – Species360 announces the election of the following new trustees to its Board of Trustees. The Species360 Board of Trustees is comprised of more than 20 zoo and aquarium volunteer representatives from our worldwide member institutions, including association trustees from WAZA, AZA, EAZA, ZAA (Australasia), CZA, JAZA, and PAAZA. Institutional trustees also represent SEAZA and AZCARM.
Throughout our 44 years as a non-profit organization, Species360 has helped our zoo and aquarium members increase their understanding of animal care through information sharing and collaboration. Today, more than 20,000 animal care professionals use Species360 ZIMS to help them achieve best practice animal management and conservation goals. Members all over the world generate streams of data into ZIMS in real-time, yielding important new insights on critical species. As Species360 looks to expand our science and data for conservation work in 2018 and beyond, we are pleased to have such prominent members of the community join our Board to help us advance these goals.
ELECTED INSTITUTIONAL TRUSTEES
Maria Clara Dominguez has served as the Director of the Fundación Zoologica de Cali since 1987, overseeing the administration of the Municipal Zoo in Cali, Colombia. She has lead the Latin American Zoos and Aquariums Association (ALPZA) as President and the Colombian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (ACOPAZOA) as President twice. Maria Clara is also a regular presenter and speaker with ALPZA, EAZA, WAZA, ACOPAZOA and the Brazilian Zoos Association.
ELECTED MEMBER ASSOCIATION REPRESENTATIVES
Representing Pan-African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZA) – Dr. Antoinette Kotze is the Manager of Research and Scientific Services at National Zoological Gardens of South Africa. Following a career with the Agricultural Research Council, a doctorate in Tiger Fish genetics and an associate Professorship in genetics at the University of the Free State, Antoinette was appointed as the Manager of Research and Scientific Services at the NZG in 2006.
Dr. Peter Paul van Dijk holds several leadership positions, including Conservation Programs Director at the Turtle Conservancy, Director of Turtle Conservation Programs at Global Wildlife Conservation, Nomenclature Specialist of the CITES Animals Committee, and Deputy Chair of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group.
Successful animal care depends on applying the best actions possible for long-term animal health and survival. And that means tapping into the best knowledge available. As a nonprofit serving our community for more than 40 years, Species360 continues to advance knowledge sharing for excellent animal care and conservation. Today, nearly 1100 zoos, aquariums and other wildlife member organizations in 90+ countries use Species360 ZIMS software to help them achieve best practice animal management and conservation goals.