An estimated 90 percent Species360 member institutions worldwide are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As dedicated staff at these institutions continue to care for their animals, keep vital systems operating, and deliver essential supplies — we know that all are working harder than ever every day.
To help you stay abreast of news across the community, here is a look at resources being shared by Species360 association partners during the COVID-19 crisis.
We also have enjoyed connecting remotely with so many of you during the past several weeks. We appreciate hearing your voices, sharing stories, and keeping our focus on moving forward. Your response to “pop-up” Work from Home and Provisional Data Entry webinars has encouraged us.
Species360 is expanding our Webinar offerings to keep the learning going. We also will continue providing 1-to-1 help sessions and recorded training classes across all topics including ZIMS for Studbooks, ZIMS for Husbandry, and more.
NEW from EAZA! 04.05.20 Reducing negative implications of COVID-19-related economic challenges for Members on population management in EAZA has been prepared by the Executive Office with input from the EEP Committee Chair and Vice Chair. It provides information to EAZA Members and, has been structured for use in discussions with authorities and stakeholders when calling for their support.
EAZA Animal Management and COVID-19 Information Sheet – 30.March – The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria publishes guidance on animal management, and changes in animal transfer, EAZA Ex-Situ Programs (EEPs), EAZA Studbooks (ESBs), and Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs), Biobank, Human-Animal disease transfer, and more. Follow EAZA Latest News here, and access the EAZA Animal Management and COVID-19 Information Sheet here.
Update 10.4.20 European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV) is providing ongoing updates to the Transmissible Disease Handbook with a new chapter “Science Based Facts and Knowledge about Wild Animals, Zoos and SARS-CoV-2 Virus” that is constantly being updated. Go to here to see updates and links from EAZWV.
Association of Zoos and Aquariums – Follow the AZA COVID-19 news and updates here, and see its central calendar of daily livestreams, videos, and activities being provided each day by AZA member zoos and aquariums!
Zoo Aquarium Association Australia is sharing information with members, hit doubly hard, in a COVID-19 response message at the ZAA Web site as well as daily COVID-19 updates for members and information on the region’s long road to recovery from recent bushfires. Also see daily updates at its Facebook page, including links to livestreams from Melbourne Zoo, Zoos Victoria, and more!
PAAZA Covid-19 Daily Updates and Survival – Pan-Africa Association of Zoos and Aquariums is providing daily updates with COVID-19 news impacting its members and their communities. On 6.April, PAAZA issued an update from the Felid TAG with guidelines for all facilities holding exotic felids.
Association of Zoos and Aquariums Brazil (AZAB) is providing members notifications and COVID-19 guidance here.
British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), is providing a central resource which collates resources for its members. The organization is also providing ongoing (and uplifting!) content, links, videos, and more at the ‘BIAZA Official’ page at Facebook.
Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums (SEAZA) is posting news and updates at its social media channels. The association is sharing a message at the SEAZA Web site and updates at its Southeast Asian Zoos Facebook page.
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is tuning in to and reporting COVID-19 news from leading zoos and aquariums across all continents. Follow updates at the WAZA blog, including zoo and aquarium educational resources such South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) and its new “Ocean Activities at Home” page, and in the WAZA News announcements.
From all of us at Species360: We are here to support you as you sustain the care and welfare of your animals. Members throughout our global community will experience different timing for closures and recovery. As you adapt to your own situation, we will continue to provide individual 1-to-1 support, help with work from home needs, and expand our Species360 webinar offerings during this time. As always, let us know additional ways that we can help, by calling your Member Support rep or by emailing us at Support@Species360.org