Introduction to EAZA Ex situ Programme Management

This course enables those coordinating the EEPs (EAZA Ex situ Programmes) and keepers of ISBs (International Studbooks) and ESBs (European Studbooks) to gain a deeper understanding of the genetics and demographics of breeding programmes. It will give an in-depth introduction into the use of new globally used studbook software (ZIMS for Studbooks) and a first view of the software designed to support the management of breeding programmes to ensure appropriate records are kept and demographic and genetic diversity managed (PMx). The skills and understanding learnt on this course will enable greater confidence and ability in appropriate decision making when managing breeding programmes to help conserve species.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify requirements for basic genetic management of populations and how this can be applied to captive populations
  2. Use specialised software to record and analyse demographic information for population management of species
  3. Discuss the practicalities of running a programme
  4. Identify the roles of EAZA and managed programmes in supporting conservation of species


  • Why manage zoo populations
  • Small population management to include mean kinship and genetic inbreeding
  • Population demographics and factors that affect population goals
  • Use of specialist software such as ZIMS and PMx. Introducing web-based tools
  • Working procedures and EAZA structures
  • Practicalities of running a managed programme, including common problems and how to manage them

Participants on this course are split into two groups, you will not need to attend all five days of the training. You will be sent pre-course modules and exercises as well as information to read through and practice with before the start of the course to help you prepare (approximately 8-16 hours personal study required). For this course you will need a laptop (ideally a PC) - a small number of laptops are available to borrow from the EAZA Executive Office on request.


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