Our Data Sharing Portal

Conservation Science Alliance research data is available to the public here, to advance future discovery on behalf of wildlife.

Data Sharing for the Advancement of Science & Species Conservation

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:

  • Providing open-source data
  • Supplying select data through a research request.
  • Helping members use data in the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) to advance wildlife conservation.
  • Expecting Species360 and our members to be acknowledged for the amazing data they collect and share in ZIMS.


Species Holdings Data

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. For inquiries, please contact support@species360.org


Research Partner Program

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.


Open Data

Please see our Open Data Portal below.


Research Requests

In the document provided here, you will find all the information you need about the process to submit Research Requests.

You can complete a Research Request through this link. Any email communications should be directed to support@species360.org.



Conservation Science Alliance Open Data

Download open data from our Conservation Science Alliance research publications:

Demographic Species Knowledge Index

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.

Sustaining Biodiversity of Fish and Corals

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.

Mapping Artificial Reefs / Shipwrecks

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.

International wildlife trade

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.

Thank you!

We thank our supporting partners: the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria, Copenhagen Zoo and Wildlife Reserves of Singapore. We could not achieve critical success without your partnership.


Conservation Science Alliance needs your support

Our work would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsoring partners, which helps to fund researchers and data analysts conducting this important work.