Friday, April 6, 2012

The ISIS global conservation effort takes a dramatic step forward

The ISIS global conservation effort takes a dramatic step forward

Prominent zoos and aquariums worldwide lead efforts
to preserve wildlife through cooperation

Eagan, Minnesota (April 2, 2012) – Today, 88 zoos and aquariums in 19 countries are live on the latest version of the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) application. This web-based, global database gives these institutions – and eventually almost 800 more ISIS members – access to basic biologic, collection management, husbandry, and health and disease information on wild animals in human care. This comprehensive knowledgebase, built over the last 40 years, will be used to enhance local care and international conservation efforts.

ISIS – the International Species Information System – is a technology-based, conservation-focused organization that leverages available technology to help zoological organizations achieve sustainability and preservation goals. Today, 830 institutions in 83 countries are a part of ISIS. And the network is constantly growing.

“ISIS is one of the few non-profits in the world that develops software. We have chosen to do it for one simple reason: it’s the best tool we could create to help our members preserve endangered and threatened animal species worldwide,” said Roger Stonecipher, ISIS CEO. “For almost 40 years, ISIS systems have evolved through the direct input of our members.”

“ISIS represents an unprecedented effort to unite the global wildlife conservation community,” said David Field, Zoological Director of the Zoological Society of London and ISIS Board Chair. “Brought together by common goals and needs, many ISIS members are among the world’s leaders in protecting and nurturing animals in human care, and in our natural environment.”

Zoos and aquariums have become leaders in the effort to breed endangered animals, and to educate an estimated 700 million visitors each year about the magnificent and fragile interrelationships between humans, wildlife and environments. Through zoos and aquariums, some species have already been rescued from extinction, including the European bison (Bison bonasus), Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx) and Przewalski's wild horse (Equus przewalski).

Many zoological organizations join ISIS so that they can observe best practices and data standards for their animal information. As part of a global consortium, the following organizations are forging a new path in collaborating and sharing information on more than 2.6 million animals – many endangered or threatened species.

The ZIMS application is not the first software created for this purpose. Since 1974, ISIS has created various software packages. ISIS software has long been recognized as the world-standard best practice for zoological record-keeping by international regulatory bodies like CITES. The latest ZIMS application is an evolution of previous ISIS software; it is comprehensive, integrated, real-time and created specifically for our members’ uses.

These institutions will begin using the ZIMS 2012 application on April 2:


Alice Springs Desert Park

Pet Porpoise Pool


Fundacao Parque Zoologico de Sao Paulo


Assiniboine Park Zoo

Calgary Zoo, Botanical Gardens & Prehistoric Park

Greater Vancouver Zoo

Parc Aquarium du Quebec


Zoo Osijek


Danmarks Akvarium

Givskud Zoo

Guldborgsund Zoo


Odense Zoologiske Have

Terrarium Vissenbjerg


Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Twycross Zoo

Wildlife Heritage Foundation


Natur'Zoo de Mervent

Parc Animalier des Pyrenees

Zoo la Boissière du Doré

Zoo Parc de Beauval

ZooPark de Cheptainville


Tiergarten Bernburg

Zoologischer Garten Leipzig


Zoological Society of Ireland-Dublin


Parco Faunistico Le Cornelle S.R.L.

Parco Zoo Di Falconara

Parco Zoo Punta Verde

New Zealand

Wellington Zoo Trust


Kristiansand Dyrepark ASA

Stiftelsen Atlanterhavsparken


Monte Selvagen - Reserva Animal

Oceanario de Lisboa

ZooMarine Mundo Aquatico

Blairdrummond Safari Park

Edinburgh Zoo

Highland Wildlife Park

South Africa

Bloemfontein Zoological Gardens

Lory Park Zoo and Owl Sanctuary


Centro De Interpretaciton De Avifauna



Skanes Djurpark


Zoo Zürich

United States of America

Albuquerque Biological Park

Aquarium of Niagara Falls

Bergen County Zoological Park

Binder Park Zoo

Bramble Park Zoo

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Brights Zoo

Cameron Park Zoo

Charles Paddock Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Fort Wayne Children's Zoological Gardens

Great Plains Zoo

Hutchinson Zoo

International Animal Exchange, Inc.

John Ball Zoological Garden

Lee Richardson Zoo

Lemur Conservation Foundation's Myakka City Lemur Reserve

Lincoln Childrens’ Zoo

Lion Country Safari Inc

Mesker Park Zoo

Monterey Bay Aquarium

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

Oglebay's Good Children's Zoo

Oregon Coast Aquarium
Peoria Zoo

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Roosevelt Park Zoo

Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park

Ross Park Zoo

Sacramento Zoo

Salisbury Zoological Park

Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens

Santa Fe Teaching Zoo

St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Tautphaus Park Zoo

Tennessee Aquarium

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

The Living Seas

Topeka Zoological Park

Utah's Hogle Zoo

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Western North Carolina Nature Center

Zoo Boise


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