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Mission and History

Our mission is to facilitate international collaboration in the collection and sharing of knowledge on animals and their environments for aquariums, zoos, and related conservation organizations. Together, we achieve members’ institutional, regional and global animal management and conservation goals.

1974: On a proposal from Prof. Ulysses Seal, 55 Zoos in Europe and the United States join ISIS (International Species Inventory System). The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA-US), and other foundations and governmental departments provide funding and International Species Inventory System (ISIS) is born.

1975: 55 members begin keeping paper records using standardized carbon-copy forms. One copy is sent to be key-punched at the Minnesota Zoo and loaded onto a State of Minnesota mainframe computer; reports are returned on paper printouts.

1984: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Brookfield Zoo and the US National Zoo join the Institute of Museum and Library Science (IMLS) as sponsors for ISIS development of a PC-based institutional records-keeping system.

1985-89: ISIS releases its first PC-based versions of Animal Records Keeping System (ARKS), Medical Animal Records Keeping System (MedARKS) and Single Population Animal Records Keeping Software (SPARKS).

1989: ISIS is incorporated as an independent, member-governed, non-profit, non-governmental entity under an international Board of Trustees, and is renamed International Species Information System.

2011: ISIS rolls out the first web-based Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS).

2012: ISIS releases a new and improved user interface and database for ZIMS.

April 28, 2014: ISIS rolls out a web-based ZIMS for Medical.

February 16, 2015: ISIS releases a Spanish-language version of ZIMS.

February 5, 2016: ISIS releases a Russian-language version of ZIMS.

July 18, 2016: ISIS is rebranded as Species360.

2016: Species360 welcomes our 1,000th member, totaling zoos, aquariums, educational institutions and regional associations in 90 countries on six continents.

April 24, 2017: Species360 rolls out ZIMS for Studbooks.

February 6, 2018: Species360 releases a Japanese-language version of ZIMS.

2018 and beyond: Species360 will continue to enhance ZIMS for Husbandry, Aquatics, Medical and Studbooks. We will never stop enhancing and improving ZIMS, as well as other new, needs-based software solutions.

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