I speak with Josh Courteau, Training manager and LearnZims Teaching Partnership Coordinator at Species 360. We talk about the importance of ZIMS (Zoological Information Management System) to the zoo industry and how they have been helping zoos behind the scenes since 1974. This isn’t the kind of guest we normally have on this show as he doesn’t work directly with animals, but I thought it would be great to have on someone who works behind the scenes in the zoo industry. If you love animals and technology this might be the kind of job you are looking for.
Some of the stats that Josh threw out were slightly off and he wanted me to make sure you guys got the correct numbers so here they are:
~1,100 zoos and aquariums in over 93 countries managing >10,000,000 animals current and historic representing 22,000 species. Every day, 15,000 keepers, curators, vets have access to ~82,000,000 medical records and ~222,000,000 husbandry records. More on ZIMS, our Teaching Partnerships and more: http://training.species360.org/LearnZIMS/
You can follow Josh on twitter @thesciencerules