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ZIMS for Studbooks: Managing over 1,060 studbooks worldwide and delivering new features

Species360 is celebrating a new milestone: in September, we surpassed 1,000 regional and international studbook migrations to ZIMS for Studbooks. We thank our partner associations and all of the studbook keepers that have helped to make this possible.

Audubon Zoo, Memphis Zoo and the U.S. Forestry Service are among those working via the AZA Species Survival Program to maintain an assurance colony of the United States’ rarest snake species, the Louisiana pine snake, and in June completed the largest release of the species into the Kisatchie National Forest. The AZA Louisiana pine snake studbook is managed in ZIMS for Studbooks. (Photo Credit: NOLA)

Katelyn Mucha is the ZIMS for Studbooks Product Owner, Species360, and an Adjunct Population Biologist for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Population Management Center.

As a global community, we are now managing over 1,060 studbooks using ZIMS for Studbooks. The transition to an integrated, secure, standardized solution helps to improve access to information that is critical to managing populations, their genetics and welfare, now and in the future.

We really appreciate the response from studbook keepers throughout this process. By migrating the studbooks for their populations, they are establishing a resource that delivers a more holistic, real-time view of their populations across participating zoos and aquariums. In particular, updates to individual animals in ZIMS for Husbandry, such as changes, births, and deaths, are reflected in the studbook.

This data, in turn, helps the studbook keeper, population managers, taxon advisory groups (TAGs), and Species Survival Program (SSP) leaders to advocate for their species, and to make more informed decisions impacting the genetic diversity and health of populations.

The Association of Latin America Zoos and Aquariums (ALPZA) manages its Andean condor studbook using ZIMS for Studbooks. (Photo: Adobe Images)

Update: Next AZA ZIMS for Studbooks Workshop is Tuesday, October 13, 2PM EDT, hosted by Joe Barkowski, APM Committee Vice Chair for SSPs and Studbooks. Click here for details.

Thanks to all of the regional association partners that continue to support this work. Your feedback has been encouraging and has helped us to prioritize and complete new features and functionality throughout the year — from a census graphing tool to the ability to move studbooks between associations.

Among the comments is one from Christian Olaciregui, Chair of the Conservation Committee for the Association of Latin America Zoos and Aquariums (ALPZA) and Director of Biology & Conservation at Barranquilla Zoo. Christian manages Colombia studbooks for the Blue-billed curassow and the White-footed tamarin, and is helping to establish ALPZA’s population management program.

See all of the new functionality released in ZIMS for Studbooks (PDF/download)

“I have found ZIMS for Studbooks to function perfectly, and the continuous improvements make it even better. Species360 has one of the best support systems and quickest replies I have experienced. The few issues I have found have been solved accurately and rapidly.”

We are committed to continuing the pace and the good work! For more information about migrating your studbook to ZIMS for Studbooks, contact Species360 Member Support at

The migration of regional and international studbooks is nearly complete. (September 2020)

Streaming on Netflix: Latif Nasser visits The Living Desert Zoo to ask, “What is a studbook?” Watch the segment in docu-series Connected, Season 1, Episode 1, minute 35:00

New! ZIMS for Studbooks supports Institutional Studbooks. In response to your requests, Species360 introduces new functionality that enables members to manage their institutional studbooks using ZIMS for Studbooks.

See what’s new in ZIMS for Studbooks in this slide presentation. (Video)

For more information on new ZIMS for Studbooks functionality, check out the following resources:

Watch the video presentation to see what’s new in ZIMS for Studbooks, with Katelyn Mucha, ZIMS for Studbooks Product Owner, Species360. (October 2020)

Read and/or download a copy of the latest summary of new features and functionality completed in 2020 and now included in ZIMS for Studbooks! (PDF)

Species360: Improving animal welfare, informing conservation. (Video)

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