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


blue blooded creatures

Unlike mammals, spiders, snails and octopi have blue blood. This is because the hemocyanin molecule that oxygen is bound to in these animals contains copper, which gives their blood the blue colour