Trapani, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Data and Record Keeping
AZA recognizes that animal data and records
kept by its Accredited Institutions, Certified Related Facilities and Sustainability Partners must be managed effectively and efficiently to ensure
that the species they care for are expertly documented and tracked. To meet
these objectives, AZA manages several Committees
and support various tools which specialize in animal record keeping and
management within and between its accredited institutions.
Information Systems Committee
The Animal Data
Information Systems Committee (ADISC) is an AZA Committee that is
collaborating on a cooperative international effort that focuses upon the
development of an animal data and record keeping information system, called the
Information Management System (ZIMS), to be used by AZA-accredited
The Institutional Data Management Advisory Group
Data Management Advisory Group (IDMAG) is an AZA Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) that
focuses on the scientific development of effective and efficient data management
that includes data collection, data storage, data analysis and data retrieval
standards and guidelines.
Animal Record Keeping Software and Reference
A variety of Animal Record Keeping Software and
Reference Materials have been developed to document and track information
specific to the animals cared for by AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums.
Software programs such as ARKS4, MedARKS, and SPARKS specialize in various
aspects of animal record keeping. Reference DVDs and CD-ROMs also provide a
plethora of pedigree, studbook, and husbandry information.