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Do you keep a studbook for animals in your collection? Institutional studbooks will move to ZIMS by 2022

Wildlife Reserves Singapore has migrated its Institutional Studbook for members of the critically endangered species Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica). (Photo Credit: ZooChat)

Studbooks Survey: Reserve your spot and help us plan ahead.

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

As of June, over 1300 studbooks have made the transition to ZIMS for Studbooks, taking advantage of real-time data updates and improved features. Now that regional associations are done migrating, we are focused on migrating member institution studbooks.

Our goal is to have all member institution studbooks in ZIMS by the end of 2021.

Already, more than 30 institutional studbooks have been migrated to ZIMS for Studbooks and our goal is to have all member institution studbooks in ZIMS by the end of 2021.

The greatest challenge we face is that we do not know how many institutional studbook keepers are managing studbooks using older SPARKS, PopLink or other programs. We also do not yet know who may be interested in starting new studbooks for their collection now and in the future.

This is where we need your help! Please use this short survey to let us know your plans, and help us plan ahead. Filling out the survey does not mean you need to migrate right away, so you still have plenty of time to prepare! Completing the survey does put you on our waitlist so our Support Team can help you migrate successfully by the December deadline.

One of the benefits of Species360 membership is even if you don’t have a studbook established yet, we can help you create a studbook using the data you and other members have already entered into ZIMS. So even if you do not have a studbook at this time, we would love for you to fill out the survey to let us know if you are interested in having one in the future.

Again, it’s not a commitment to start a new studbook but it does let us know we should reach out and discuss your options in ZIMS.

We look forward to helping your institution take advantage of ZIMS for Studbooks for your population management needs!

Learn more about Institutional studbooks and ZIMS for Studbooks.

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