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Zoo Animal Databases & Associations


ZIMS: ZIMS Find Animals
The Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) is the updated version of the International Species Inventory System (ISIS). It lists the full inventories of every zoo which is a member of the system.  To make a specific enquiry for the species you are interested in (the email address

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 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).


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.


Australia: Australia Forums
New Zealand: New Zealand Forums

These two forums on Zoochat contain stickied threads listing mammals, birds and herptiles.


Some zoo bodies have full yearly inventories of the member-collections, which are available to members but not to the public.  Some of the individual zoos in Asia have yearly inventories on their websites.

India: Zoowise
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 complete listings by zoo, by species, and by year.


South Africa

PAAZA Animal Keeper Training 


This site covers cetaceans in collections worldwide.

Marine Mammals (cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians)
Sun Sentinel Marine Mammal Database
This particular database is formed from information from the National Marine Fisheries Service, which keeps an inventory of marine mammals.

Polar Bears
Polar Bears in Zoos

Elephant Database

Asian Elephants at the Zoological Gardens of the World

Gorillasland Captive List

The Gibbon Network


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

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

*Austria: Austrian Zoo Organisation (OZO): OZO 
*Czech and Slovak Republics: Union of Czech and Slovak Zoos (UCSZOO): UCSZOO
*Denmark: Danish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (DAZA): DAZA 
*France: French Association of Zoological Parks (AFDPZ): AFDPZ
*Germany: German Federation of Zoological Gardens (VDZ): VDZ 
*Italy: Union of Italian Zoos and Aquariums (UIZA): UIZA 
*Netherlands: Dutch Zoo Federation (NVD): NVD 
*Russia: Euro-Asian Regional Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EARAZA): EARAZA 
*Spain and Portugal: Association of Iberian Zoos and Aquariums (AIZA): AIZA
*Switzerland: Swiss Association of Scientific Zoos (ZOOSchweiz): ZOOSchweiz
*UK: British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA): BIAZA 

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

*Southeast Asia: South East Asian Zoos Association (SEAZA)
*Southern Asia: South Asian Zoo Association for Regional Cooperation (SAZARC): SAZARC 

*China: Chinese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA): CAZA
*India: Central Zoo Authority (CZA): CZA 
*Indonesia: Indonesia Zoo and Aquarium Association (IZAA): PKBSI (only in Indonesian)
*Japan: Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA): JAZA 
*Malaysia: Malaysian Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (MAZPA): MAZPA
*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: 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)

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

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

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