Research Knowledge Hubs

Cooperative Species Management (Zoo based)


  • ISIS
  • ZIMS
  • Global & Regional SMP


  • Maintain accurate & comprehensive specimen databases
  • Assist management decisions regarding animal collection
  • Facilitate and promote the use of the NZG animal databases
  • Contribute to the conservation of endangered species: stud books, APP, SSC, CIRCC
  • Increase capacity through training in basic population management

Disease Surveillance / monitoring

Objectives of this knowledge hub include:

  • Rendering a research oriented pathology service in pathological and pathogenesis aspects for zoo animals and free ranging wildlife
  • Establish, maintain and expand a computer-based pathological reference database and central information service
  • Generate retro and prospective research projects to better understand wildlife diseases
  • Expand the large collection of formalin fixed specimen and tissue samples as reference material
  • To become a regionally recognized centre for disease monitoring (AHEAD, OIE, NEPAD)
  • Facilitate with national and international veterinary pathologists and researchers to build the NZG database on wildlife diseases to allow investigation of emerging diseases in free ranging populations
  • Collaborative research initiative with NICD regarding staff wellness programme


Elephant seal

Elephant Seals can hold their breath for up TWO HOURS! But how? Well, seals have more blood in their bodies than any other animal and, since oxygen is stored and carried around the body in blood, it allows them to hold their breath for an extra long time.