EAZA Award for Research Goes to ZSL
Monday 26 September 2005
We are delighted to announce that the first European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) award for research was presented to ZSL.
ZSL received the award for work on developing an appropriate mathematical formula to manage group-living species in captivity.
EAZA has over 200 members across Europe and co-ordinates breeding programmes of some of the worlds most endangered species, carefully assessing the dynamics and genetics of captive populations.
Whilst much attention has been given to the conservation breeding of charismatic large mammals in captivity, some of the most vexing genetic management issues are found in the smaller, group living species, such as penguins, corals and sponges.
The research developed by ZSL will be an invaluable tool with which to examine thousands of these species currently in captivity and was developed by Paul Pearce-Kelly (Curator of Invertebrates), Raj Amin (Research Fellow) and Jinlang Wang (Research Fellow).
This is part of a larger international effort to develop ZIMS (Zoological Information Management Systems) which will be the basis of global zoo database management.