In August, we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Species360 membership for Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Founded in 1882, the zoo is part of an extensive system of nature preserves in the Greater Cleveland area and sees more than one million visitors every year.
As one of the founding member institutions instrumental to creating Species360, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has helped to lead global collaboration in wildlife care and conservation. Today, Species360 has nearly 1,200 members in 96 countries and curates one of the world’s largest resources for data critical to animal welfare, veterinary care, and species survival programs.
Species360 facilitates the international collaboration of zoos, aquariums, and wildlife refuges in collecting and sharing information critical to improving animal welfare. Its members rely on the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS), which is managed and supported by Species360, to record data regarding individual animals, aquatic collections, and groups of species. In turn, information recorded in ZIMS provides critical insight to wildlife care, medical treatments, biodiversity and more.