When two students, one at the Royal Agriculture University in England and the other in Animal Management and Applied Zoology at Southern Connecticut State University, decided to collaborate on a research project, they turned to Species360 for essential data on wildlife.
In doing so, they join a growing number of researchers worldwide participating in the Research Partner Program that ensures ZIMS data is used to help deliver discoveries. Among the research partners are, University of California at Berkeley and UC Davis (United States), University of Navarro (Spain), Babes Bolyai University (Romania), Murdoch University (Australia).
As a Species360 Research Partner, these institutions may access aggregated, anonymous data in ZIMS. The data, considered essential to the study of medical treatments, lifespans, reproductive cycles, and population dynamics, is curated and shared by more than 1,200 Species360 institutional members. Animal care and medical teams, as well as dedicated registrars, record and ensure the quality of data.
“(Species360) health data are not only important in comparative medical contexts, but also for providing insights into underlying health conditions that, in the incipient stages of disease development, render individuals more vulnerable…” – COMMENTARY / Zoo and aquarium data changes what we know about species: A biodemographer’s perspective, with James R. Carey, University of California, Davis
A growing number of universities, wildlife research, government, and research organizations participate in the Species360 Research Partner Program every year.
Species360 serves aquariums, zoos, and wildlife centers worldwide. Together, this community sustains the world’s largest set of data on wildlife in human care – providing the data chosen by CITES, IUCN, and other global leaders to advance our understanding of populations. Species360’s mission is to improve animal welfare and inform species conservation.