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  1. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    It is quite common on Zoochat for members (especially new members) to ask if there is anywhere they can look up what animals are kept where in the world's zoos. So I have made the following list so that there is an easy link to provide rather than people having to constantly type out the same information over and over.

    First are listed the global regions where you can (or can't) find zoo inventories. Second are listed some animal groups which have globally-represented online databases. Thirdly are listed the zoo associations for different global regions.

    Anything which I have inevitably missed can be added to the thread. But please don't link to an individual zoo's website and say “this zoo lists their whole inventory” because if you just want to know about a single zoo then their website should be the first port of call anyway.


    WORLDWIDE

    Species360 (formerly ISIS): Species360
    The Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) is the record system of the International Species Information System (ISIS). In 2016 the organisation changed its name to Species360. It lists the full inventories of every zoo which is a member of the system. Unfortunately the lists are no longer public as they used to be, so you need to make a specific enquiry by email for the species you are interested in - however I'm not sure if they even do this any more.

    Global Species: Global Species : Institutions and Zoos
    This is a very useful collection of lists created from the ISIS records up to the last year they were publicly available (2011). It contains zoos worldwide, arranged alphabetically, but of course only contains those zoos which were ISIS members. You can search only by zoo, not by species. The lists are mostly accurate (as of 2011) but there are various errors due to mistakes in the ISIS records (e.g. “ghost entries”, incorrectly-inputted data, etc) so do not take the lists as being 100% correct.


    EUROPE

    Zootierliste: ZootierlisteHomepage
    This is a user-edited German website (with an English version) for all the zoo collections in Europe, as well as some from further afield (Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE). You can search by species (which will give you a complete list of all zoos holding that species) or by zoo (which will give you a complete list of species held at that zoo). It also has listings for species formerly held in European collections. It is by far the best zoo resource available for Europe. It is not an official site (as is Species360, for example), the data instead being added and edited by zoo enthusiasts. There may therefore be occasional errors, and lags for the less-visited collections (but still fewer errors than you would find in the old ISIS records!!).


    AUSTRALASIA

    Australia: Australia Forums
    New Zealand: New Zealand Forums

    These two forums on Zoochat contain stickied threads listing mammals, birds and herptiles. They are listed by species, not by zoo, but is the best you can get without emailing Species360. Formerly, individual membership of the Zoo and Aquarium Association of Australasia (ZAA) gave access to full species lists covering all member collections but this appears to no longer be the case. The ZAA also has member collections in New Caledonia and Fiji.


    ASIA

    Asia unfortunately is not covered well by any sort of public database. There are several zoo bodies for different regions or countries, including the South East Asian Zoos Association (SEAZA) and the South Asian Zoo Association for Regional Cooperation (SAZARC), but only India has its listings freely online. Some zoo bodies have full yearly inventories of the member-collections, which are available to members but not to the public (e.g. the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens (CAZG), the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), and Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS)). Some of the individual zoos in Asia have yearly inventories on their websites. This site covers all apes in Japan: Great Ape Information Network

    India: Zoowise Inventory
    All the zoos in India are government-owned (there is a list here: Indian Zoo List) and on the ZooWise site for the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) of India you can search for listings by zoo, by species, and by year. The results are not entirely accurate but are probably largely so.


    THE AMERICAS

    The Americas have nothing except the aforementioned Global Species and emailing Species360. Even the two main zoo organisations in the USA – the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) – don't appear to publish animal inventories for the member zoos.


    AFRICA

    Nothing publicly available apart for the aforementioned Global Species and emailing Species360. The regional zoo body for Africa is the Pan African Association of Zoological Gardens, Aquaria and Botanical Gardens (PAAZAB). They have a yearly census which is available to member institutions. You can become an individual member of the organisation but I don't know if doing so grants access to the census.


    ANIMAL GROUPS:

    Cetaceans
    Cetacean Cousins: Captive Cetacean Database
    This site covers cetaceans in collections worldwide. It can be searched only by facility (not by individual species). Current as well as historical listings are included.
    [This site appears to no longer exist]

    Ceta-Base
    This site covers cetaceans in collections worldwide. The listings probably aren't complete but they are still very useful (and it appears to be an ongoing project). Current as well as historical records are covered. You can only search by collection, not by species.

    Captive Orca Statistic
    This site covers all killer whales in captivity, both current and former.

    Marine Mammals (cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians)
    Sun Sentinel Marine Mammal Database
    The Sun Sentinel news organisation maintains databases on all sorts of American things, using information obtained under the Freedom Of Information Act. This particular database is formed from information from the National Marine Fisheries Service, which keeps an inventory of marine mammals. There are all sorts of fields you can search by, including species, facility, US state, and country (although the country names are each reduced to only two letters on the drop-bar list which is a bit confusing, especially where you get a listing for something like O3 which apparently is the short-hand form of Bahamas?). The database has current as well as historical holdings. Naturally the site is dominated by US data (for which it should be entirely complete up to 2010, which is when the database was created), but it also includes a lot of animals and facilities outside the USA. It says "The database includes some foreign entries for animals that were at one time in U.S. facilities and either came from or went to another country" but there are a lot of entries which have got no connection to the USA at all.
    [Unfortunately this site no longer works (the search function results in a "page not found" message).]

    Polar Bears
    Polar Bears in Zoos
    A German site which is a bit clumsy to work with (perhaps only for non-German speakers though). On the page linked to above, look on the far right side of the screen, scroll down about a third of the page and you'll see a heading "Eisbären" under which is a long list of hyperlinks, starting with individual bear names and then a list of "Zoos in...". On the latter links are the polar bears kept in zoos of those regions; each individual bear listed has a link with further information (birth date, etc). There are currently no listings for Asia apart for Japan and eastern Russia, but all other parts of the world seem to be covered.

    Elephants
    Elephant Database
    This site brilliantly catalogues thousands of captive elephants, living and dead, as well as providing all sorts of other elephant-related information. You can search by elephant species, by individual elephant (by name), by zoo, by country, etc etc.
    [This site regularly alternates between being accessible and not]

    Asian Elephants at the Zoological Gardens of the World
    This site only covers Asian Elephants but is very useful and appears to be quite complete. It covers zoos worldwide.

    Apes in Japan
    Great Ape Information Network
    This site covers all apes kept in Japan, and can be searched by facility, "type" (i.e. gorilla, chimpanzee, bonobo, orangutan, or gibbon), or individual.

    Gorillas
    Gorillasland Captive List
    This site lists all the zoos worldwide which keep gorillas. When you click on a zoo name it takes you to a page about that zoo, with a list of the gorillas kept there and a genealogical chart for that zoo's group. You can further click on the individual gorilla names to get more data (birth date, origin, transfers, etc). It is kept fully up to date.

    Gorillas Galore
    This page list all current and historical Western Lowland Gorillas kept in zoos. You can search by name, studbook number, country, and individual zoo.

    Gibbons
    The Gibbon Network
    This site has tables listing zoo holdings for all species of gibbons. The records were last updated in 2009 and were probably not complete but it is still quite good (also some taxonomy has changed since then). There are also links to various gibbon studbooks.


    LIST OF ZOO ASSOCIATIONS

    A list of the regional and national zoo associations. I have linked to the English version of their websites where-ever possible but some sites do not have one. Most of the sites contain a list of the member institutions for that organisation. Some associations produce an annual census of species in their member collections but only for India is it available publicly. Some associations have an option for becoming an individual member, others do not.

    Note that apart for India, none of these organisations represent every zoological collection in their respective countries.

    Global
    *World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA): WAZA

    Europe
    *All of Europe: European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA): EAZA

    *Austria: Austrian Zoo Organisation (OZO): OZO (only in German?)
    *Czech and Slovak Republics: Union of Czech and Slovak Zoos (UCSZOO): UCSZOO (only in Czech?)
    *Denmark: Danish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (DAZA): DAZA (only in Danish?)
    *France: French Association of Zoological Parks (AFDPZ): AFDPZ
    *Germany: German Federation of Zoological Gardens (VDZ): VDZ (only in German?)
    *Italy: Union of Italian Zoos and Aquariums (UIZA): UIZA (only in Italian?)
    *Netherlands: Dutch Zoo Federation (NVD): NVD (only in Dutch?)
    *Russia: Euro-Asian Regional Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EARAZA): the website address I used to have linked on here now goes to some sort of online pet-food site, and there appears to be no other site for the EARAZA
    *Spain and Portugal: Association of Iberian Zoos and Aquariums (AIZA): AIZA (only in Spanish and Portuguese?)
    *Switzerland: Swiss Association of Scientific Zoos (ZOOSchweiz): ZOOSchweiz (only in German?)
    *UK: British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA): BIAZA

    Australasia
    *Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA) (formerly ARAZPA): ZAA

    Asia
    *Southeast Asia: South East Asian Zoos Association (SEAZA): there appears to be no website for SEAZA
    *Southern Asia: South Asian Zoo Association for Regional Cooperation (SAZARC): SAZARC

    *China: Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens (CAZG) [formerly Chinese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA)]: CAZA (only in Chinese)
    *India: Central Zoo Authority (CZA): CZA
    *Indonesia: Indonesia Zoo and Aquarium Association (IZAA): IZAA (only in Indonesian)
    *Japan: Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA): JAZA
    *Malaysia: Malaysian Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (MAZPA): MAZPA
    *Singapore: Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS): WRS
    *Thailand: Zoological Park Organization: Zoological Park Organization

    The Americas
    *North America: American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA): AZA
    *North America: Zoological Association of America (ZAA): ZAA
    *Central America: Association of Meso American and Caribbean Zoos and Aquaria (AMACZOOA)
    *Central and South America: Latin American Zoo and Aquarium Association (ALPZA): ALPZA

    *Canada: Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums [formerly Canadian Zoo and Aquarium Association] (CAZA): CAZA
    *Mexico: Mexican Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZCARM): AZCARM (only in Spanish)
    *Brazil: Society of Zoos and Aquariums of Brazil (SZB): SZB (only in Portuguese)
    *Colombia: Colombian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (ACOPAZOA): ACOPAZOA (only in Spanish)
    *Venezuela: National Foundation of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (FUNZPA)

    Africa
    *Pan African Association of Zoological Gardens, Aquaria and Botanical Gardens (PAAZAB): PAAZAB

    Middle East
    *Arabian Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZAA)
    *Israeli Zoo Association (IZA): IZA
     
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  2. cleusk

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    This site does a good job in listing elephants at zoos, both past and present.


    http://elephant.se
     
  3. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    over the last few weeks I have added a few additional databases to the original post, for "animal groups", namely one for cetaceans and one for marine mammals (neither of which are fully-complete, nor fully-worldwide, but both still extremely useful), and then one for elephants and one for gorillas. These latter two databases are both as complete as you could reasonably hope them to be.
     
  4. Chlidonias

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    I have made another modification to the original post, adding in a list of the regional and national zoo associations and organisations worldwide. It won't be a complete list but it is all the important ones I think.

    I have linked to the English version of their websites where-ever possible but some sites do not have one. Most of the sites contain a list of the member institutions for that organisation. Some associations produce an annual census of species in their member collections but it is only for members (or for member institutions). Only India has their inventories available publicly. Some associations have an option for becoming an individual member, others do not.

    I thought the Russian one (the “Euro-Asian Regional Association of Zoos and Aquariums”) was interesting because of course Russia stretches from coast to coast across Eurasia. The association is based from Moscow Zoo but includes a lot of other collections. Unfortunately I don't read Russian and a lot of the English parts seem to still be under construction. It looks like the intent is to eventually have animal inventories on there (perhaps).

    Most of the websites for the Central and South American associations are entirely in Spanish or Portuguese. Interestingly, most of the national European websites are also lacking English versions (or at least I couldn't find any “English” buttons on them). I haven't got a link for the Central American AMACZOOA because the website supposedly for that appears to go to some sort of Japanese porn site (I didn't open it to find out for sure).

    The Thailand Zoological Park Association only covers five zoos but it has links for animals with the holding zoo(s) listed for each. They don't cover all the species held in the five zoos though and it isn't kept up to date.

    A website for SEAZA (the South East Asian Zoos Association) seems to to no longer exist, which is weird.
     
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    Thanks for doing this exelent job Chlidonias ! Must have taken you quite a time to bring this all together but ( at least from me ) much appriciated !
     
  6. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    thanks. Really I just like tinkering and googling, so it's fun for me.

    The list of zoo associations isn't really necessary but I thought it was interesting, and I'd made references to some of them already so thought I may as well make a list. Also I guess it might be handy if anyone wanted to become an individual member of any interesting ones, then the links are there to choose from (some associations have very cheap memberships, others are in the hundreds of dollars - so choose wisely!).
     
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    there are some other studbook threads here and there, but I do like that gibbon one. It has a page with tables of zoos holding each species (although only up to 2009 and he admits it won't be complete), so it fits in with the gorilla website I already have up there.

    If you want you could see if you can come up with a good list of studbook websites (like the San Diego one) and stand-alone studbooks if they have sites - make it into a thread, and then I can make it a sticky so it doesn't get lost.
     
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    I found that a really clumsy site to navigate but that might just be because I am looking at it for the first time, or it might be because it is mostly in German. I have added it to the first post with an explanation on how to find the zoo pages on it.

    I do like these sorts of websites where a lot of work has been put into detailing individual species or groups. Originally I was thinking of only adding sites which covered whole groups (like cetaceans or bears or rhinos or whatever) but individual species websites (as with the polar bears, elephants and gorillas) are very well done. So long as they are global or intending to be global then they are all good.

    Studbooks I still don't think belong on this thread because they are too boring :D
     
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    The big elephant database doesn't load properly for me anymore so here's another elephant database I've found.
    Database of the Asian Elephants at the Zoological Gardens It specialises in asian elephants and isn't as complete as elephant.se it is but it's full of pictures which is always great.
     
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    waterfowl22

    I have just used your links to Zootierliste to find some species I am looking for, thank you for adding that information.
    It actually shows just how few zoos hold the ones I am looking for :)
     
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    seems like it. It has been having issues for ages unfortunately. I hope it can return, it was extremely useful!!
     
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    Thanks to a generous fund, I have opened the database again, will keep it up to at least March 2016.
     
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    Thanks for this thread; I used the Global Species list.
    So, why is this information so difficult to get? Why are the lists available at ZIMS not public, for example? I am trying to get an updated list for the Houston Zoo and the people I have spoken with in PR and Education act like such a list doesn't exist. Really? No one at the zoo has a computer with an inventory list on it...
     
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    ISIS has changed its name for obviour reasons and now is called Species360.
     
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    well it's a bit late now - imagine how many of us are already on watch-lists for googling things like "how do I join ISIS?" and "how can I contact ISIS?" and "ISIS is awesome!" :p
     
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    Well done for getting ZooChat flagged for terrorism. Oh there's the black 4x4 with tinted windows pulling up outside my door now.