The Zoo Science Library lists publications of international peer-reviewed journals which modern zoological gardens and aquariums contributed to. Thus, our databank documents the overall contribution of zoos and aquariums to science and promotes knowledge transfer and scientific exchange.

Science has always formed part of the tasks zoos and aquariums fulfil besides keeping and breeding animals, the conservation of biodiversity and environmental education. Staff carry out research on their animal stock and on wild-ranging animals, they use biological samples and data deriving from the world’s largest wild animal data bank, Species360 ZIMS. As multidisciplinary scientific institutions zoos and aquariums are important partners of the global scientific network. Their publications raise the level of knowledge and form basis for evidence-based discussions and decisions.

The Zoo Science Library is an initiative of the Association of Zoological Gardens (VdZ) based in Berlin and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) based in Amsterdam. The data bank is under permanent development and does not claim to be exhaustive. It currently contains publications from 2020-2021.


You can enter one or more keywords. All results can be filtered on the subsequent page. The database currently contains 591 publications from 2020-2021.

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New records will be added regularly and historic records over time. If you are aware of additional peer-reviewed publications which zoos or aquariums contributed to and that are not yet included in our databank, please get in touch.