Introduction to EAZA Ex situ Programme Management - 17 June to 21 June 2024


This introduction to EEP (EAZA Ex situ Programme) management is meant as fundamental training for (prospective) EEP coordinators. Participants learn how to coordinate an EEP within the EAZA framework, tips for project management, professional studbook keeping and essentials of genetic and demographic management. This includes learning how to use ZIMS for Studbooks and PMx software. Importantly, this course also teaches how to use existing resources and support from others to grow into a confident EEP coordinator.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will:

  1. Be familiar with the diversity of EEPs and ways they can contribute to conservation
  2. Be aware of the standards, procedures and guidelines for population management within EAZA and where to find them.
  3. Be aware of the practicalities of running a programme
  4. Know why and how to maintain genetic diversity and minimise inbreeding
  5. Understand how to plan ahead for demographic challenges that are yet to come
  6. Be effective in using ZIMS for Studbooks as database for managing your population
  7. Be acquainted with using PMx for developing breeding and transfer recommendations

Course organization and duration

Participants on this course are split into 2 groups. 

  • Group 1 starts course on Monday.
  • Group 2 starts course on Tuesday.
  • For EEP coordinators, the course is 3.5 days. 
  • For others, the final half-day is optional but recommended for those already involved in an EEP.








Group 1

Full day

Full day

Full day


Morning only. Mandatory for EEP coordinators and encouraged for those already involved in an EEP.



Group 2  

Full day

Full day

Full day

 Morning only. Mandatory for EEP coordinators and encouraged for those already involved in an EEP.

Note: Participants can choose their group preference, but we cannot assure the preferred choice will be given.

Course requirements

  • As preparation for the course, participants will receive a login and are expected to complete the Self-paced online ZIMS for Studbooks course (taking approximately 8-16 hours). If participants have previously completed this course, there is no need to retake it.
  • Participants will also receive a PMx exercise (taking approximately 1 hour). 
  • Participants are required to have a laptop with a Windows operating system. A limited number of laptops are available for borrowing from the EAZA Executive Office upon request.
  • Participants from EAZA Member institutions must arrange for an EAZA Member Account at least one month before the course by completing this form.





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