Animal Conservation

ZooMontana helps with conservation research

Data collected from ZooMontana was used in an article in the journal Science on the natural aging process of turtles, called senescence.

According to ZooMontana’s press release, the zoo‘s data was collected using the Species360 Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS), which found that tortoises and tortoises may possibly reduce their aging by improving their environment. The researchers for this study were from the University of Southern Denmark and the Species360 Conservation Science Alliance.

ZooMontana is a proud member of Species 360, which maintains the most comprehensive database of wildlife in human care, ZIMS. The zoo helped collect and share data that contributed to the study.

Using data from ZooMontana and other zoos in the United States found that of 52 species of turtles and tortoises, 75% of them have very slow senescence, of which 80% have slower senescence than humans.

Professor Dalia Conde is Director of Science at Species360 and leads the Conservation Special Alliance. She said they have discovered that some of these species of turtles and tortoises can reduce their aging process when they live in zoos rather than in the wild. She also said it shows the great value of aquariums and zoos in terms of studying animals for science.

“As part of our commitment to conservation and animal welfare, our organization records data about the animals in our collection to ensure that our animals are well cared for and can contribute to the management and conservation of populations of species,” said Travis Goebel, ZooMontana’s animal curator. .

Goebel adds that he is proud that the zoo can contribute to this study and help researchers better understand the aging of the species.