Over more than 45 years, the contributions of Species360 members have created the world’s largest database on animals under human care. We strive to make these data available to support all those who want to conserve species, improve animal care, and advance science. We also work to process and analyze these data to provide critical information to our members and the conservation community. If you would like to know more about our Species Knowledge Index, please visit this webpage.
As part of this vision, we support researchers and members around the globe by:
Species holdings data include the number of living individuals and their location at our member institutions. You do not need a formal Research Request to access these data. To request species holding data please complete this form.
Species360 hosts a Research Partner program so your institution can access a variety of data in ZIMS without submitting a Research Request. For more information, please see our Research Partners webpage.
In the document provided here, you will find all the information you need about the process to submit Research Requests.
New Survival, Reproduction and Growth (SRG) Reports are possible thanks to the collaboration of zoos and aquariums using ZIMS. Use the reports to anticipate the needs of individual animals, to manage collections, and to create more accurate population survival timelines.
Biologists and data analysts at Species360 and the Conservation Science Alliance developed these reports with the input and support of Species360 member institutions, regional, and partner associations.
To see a sample of the SRG report for the ring-tailed lemur, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see our Open Data Portal below.
Download open data from our Conservation Science Alliance research publications:
A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences standardizes demographic records across 22 databases for 97% of all tetrapod species, and demonstrates the impact of data from zoos and aquariums. Read the full journal article, learn more about the research, download the open data, and access feature news at Radio-Canada.
Looking collectively at 3,370 fish and coral species in 594 aquariums and zoos worldwide, findings of the paper “Assessing the conservation potential of fish and corals in aquarium collections globally,” are published in Journal for Nature Conservation (April 2019). Read the full journal article, learn more about the research, or download the open data.
A global database maps wrecks intentionally deployed to serve as artificial reefs, including 1,907 records from 88 sources. Read the journal article at ScienceDirect (April 2019), learn more about the research project, download the open data results, and read featured news coverage at BBC Future Now.
A manual commissioned by and developed for CITES Secretariat aids law enforcement agencies in identifying wild-caught vs captive-bred turtles and tortoises. Access the full manual at CITES, learn more about the Conservation Science Alliance CITES research or download the open data results.
Standardized data on biological information, conservation status, management opportunities, use, and inclusion in international conventions and treaties for all sharks and batoid species. Read the full article here, learn more about the research, or download the data.
A standardized dataset with data on conventions and treaties, human use, extinction risk, management opportunities, biological Information, and intrinsic values for conservation prioritization of the 6659 songbirds. Read the full article here, learn more about the research, or download the data.
We thank our sponsoring partners: Copenhagen Zoo, Mandai Wildlife Group, and the Toronto Zoo. We could not achieve critical success without your partnership.