subset of those projects aims to re-establish wild
populations of endangered species at zoos, such as
the California condor, black-footed ferret and red
wolf. Yet zoos aren’t necessarily eager to learn or
embrace new tech tools.
Getting zoos to buy in to a new approach
requires the support of their member associations,
While PMCTrack’s software was being developed, coordinators reached out
to future users at AZA member zoos to see what type of features and functionality they would find most useful. Based on this feedback, PMC created a tool
that uses online surveys to gather breeding histories and automatically calculate
which animals are most likely to reproduce. This supports conservation efforts
by helping organizations create more informed breeding plans.
PMC has offered courses, informational webinars and one-on-one guidance
on how program managers at zoos can use the tool in an effort to accelerate
adoption. Plus, AZA also has encouraged program leaders at member zoos to
use the system, Ms. Faust says.
“We worked to highlight for people how the system could help them get
ready for the rest of the work they need to do to manage their populations,” she
says. “Ultimately, we hope that this leads to maintaining healthy and viable species survival plan populations.”
hope that [the
healthy and viable
—Lisa Faust, Lincoln Park Zoo,
Chicago, Illinois, USA