For the record!

DZG’s Registrar joined a group of 25 delegates from zoos throughout Britain and Ireland for an annual conference on the importance of good record keeping.


ABOVE – Dudley Zoo’s Dr David Beeston, far right, was among those keeping up to date with advances in recording animal information

Registrar and Research Co-ordinator, Dr David Beeston, attended the two-day BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Records Group Annual Meeting at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

webrecords_groupThe event featured a series of workshops and talks on developments in record keeping and complying with CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

Other sessions focused on getting the most out of ZIMS (Zoological Information Management System) and updates which help record keepers log vital information including medical and breeding details about individual animals.

Dr Beeston said: “It was an excellent meeting and a good opportunity to meet some of the new young record keepers and find else what other zoos are up to.

“There were some very useful sessions about system updates which will allow us to develop the records we keep about all our animals at Dudley Zoo.”