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New Members: Japanese zoos and aquariums join global Species360 community

Aquamarine Fukushima aquarium offers exhibitions on marine subjects including regional ecosystems, life in coral reefs and the evolution of marine species. (Source: Travel to Tohoku)
JAZA is a gathering of 143 Japanese zoos and aquariums for the purpose of conserving nature and precious animals from an international perspective.

Members of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) are bringing new growth to the global Species360 community. In the past two years, ten JAZA members have joined Species360, including, Asa Zoological Park (Hiroshima), Kyoto Zoo, Nagoya Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Ube Shi Tokiwa Zoo Foundation, and Toyohashi Zoo and Botanical Park.

The zoos join long-standing Japanese members of Species360 including: Fukushima Aquamarine, Inokashira Park Zoo, Osaka Municipal Tennoji Zoological Gardens, Sapporo Maruyama Zoo, Tokyo Sea Life, Yagiyama Zoological Park Sendai, Yokohamo Zoological Gardens, and JAZA.

These and other Species360 member institutions use the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) to record husbandry, medical, and studbooks data for the individual animals and groups of species in their care. Aggregated across the global zoo community, that data helps to deliver wildlife experts around the world with greater insight to best practices and treatments for animals in their care.

Working in partnership with regional and international associations like JAZA, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), and others, Species360 maintains ZIMS data on behalf of over 1,200 zoo, aquarium, wildlife refuge, and conservation institutions in 100 countries.

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