Sweet Pea resides at new Species360 member Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center. Read about her rescue, and role as ambassador, in our April Member Spotlight!

Species360 Member News / April 2020

Serving Our Community: Species360 response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Dear Species360 Member,

During the COVID-19 crisis, we hope that you, your family, and colleagues are safe. As we hear from members and partners around the world, our hearts go out to all who are impacted by public closures, restricted work environments, and more. We are encouraged by all the good that is happening, as you care for each other, for your animals and for your communities. We also are tuning in along with so many students of all ages worldwide, as you continue delighting and educating audiences in their own homes through livestreams and videos.

As in-person gatherings are placed on hold, we are adding more opportunities to meet remotely, including Webinars on ZIMS for Studbooks, help with Working Remotely, and are adding new online events every week. Our organizational continuity plan ensures we are able to deliver uninterrupted support to our global membership in 99 countries while our staff also works from their homes. As always, please reach out to us to let us know how we can help, by emailing us at Support@Species360.org.

- Jim Guenter, CEO, Species360

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COVID-19 Updates and Work from Home Resources

COVID-19: Here are resources from our partners around the world

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.

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ZIMS for Studbooks: Webinars, Workshops, Open Office Hours, and 1-to-1 Meetings!

Since we cannot meet in person, we are adding more ways to connect online -- including these ZIMS for Studbooks Workshops, Open Office Hours, and Webinars in April and May. Please join us for one or more of these events to ask questions about using ZIMS for Studbooks, to get…

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Working from home: ZIMS provisional data entry improves accuracy, consistency

As zoo and aquarium staff around the world adjust to working in shifts and taking some administrative work off-site, our members are asking for help with “Provisional” data entry. This setting allows a team member to enter animal husbandry or…

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Working from home: Granting ZIMS access to team members

Wildlife care and management teams complete data entry in work from home situations, with ZIMS.

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Species360 Members: Bronx Zoo reports first case of COVID-19 in an animal in U.S.

Species360 member WCS Bronx Zoo reports first COVID-19 case in Malayan tiger. See statements from WCS and AZA/AAZV.

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Species360 Member Spotlight!

Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center Contributes Vital Data As Part of Species360

As a member of Species360, Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center will curate and manage animal care and species information using the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS). More than 100 zoos, aquariums, wildlife refuges, breeding and conservation centers joined Species360 in the past year.

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Pat Gives Back: Belize Zoo Adopts A New Records Keeping System with Help from Linda Rohr Bachers

Belize Zoo joined Species360 in late 2019 thanks to support from the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. In January, retired registrar and Species360 adjunct trainer and retired registrar Linda Rohrs Bacher worked on site with Belize Zoo staff to begin entering animal records in ZIMS. Read her account of the wonderful work being done there!

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Conservation Science Alliance / Research

Science of Populations: Rates at which animals age may have less to do with sex differences (Research)

in the wild, the rate at which animals age may have less to do with their sex than previously believed. New research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) demonstrates that while mammalian females live longer than males, sex differences in aging rates are not detected. Next, researchers plan to use data on ex situ populations, such as that curated by Species360 Members using ZIMS, to study evolutionary drivers of sex differences in survival.

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New in ZIMS

ZIMS Sample Storage: An overview of what it does and how it works (Video)

In this video, we take a brief walk through Sample Storage and how it works.
ZIMS for Medical Sample Storage uses a visual interface to help medical staff more efficiently manage biological samples.
By maintaining a link to ZIMS animal records, health status, sample collection details and more, Sample Storage adds detail that can be critical to discovering breakthroughs in animal welfare and species conservation.

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New in ZIMS: Aquarists use Environmental Quality Graphs to compare salinity, pH, ammonia, nitrates and more

ZIMS Environmental Quality graphs 36 water quality measurements, including water temperature, salinity, pH, total alkalinity, ammonia, nitrate, and more. The results give aquarists an efficient way to monitor and review changes over time — with comparisons between enclosures. Data can be exported for further analysis.

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