Training Workshop on Arabian Oryx Records Keeping
A three-day technical workshop (9-11 October 2017) focusing on Arabian Oryx records keeping was organized by the General Secretariat for the Conservation of the Arabian Oryx (GSCAO) in partnership with Al Bustan Zoological Centre (ABZC). The workshop was held at Al Mamoura building A, Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi (EAD). The key objective of the workshop was to provide insight on the importance of basic wildlife records management as well as provide participants with basic user training on the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) a common animal record system developed by Species360 that is currently used by more than 1090 zoological institutions worldwide. The workshop was attended by 41 wildlife biologists, animal registrars, researchers, veterinarians and conservation managers of Arabian Oryx collections from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and USA. In addition to ZIMS hands-on training, participants addressed gaps and challenges in the current system of records keeping and identified possible directions to promote Arabian Oryx records in the Arabian Peninsula. The workshop concluded by recommending GSCAO to establish a working group for formulating guidelines on best practices for data capture and be the Hub for all Arabian Oryx data in the range states. Participants also urged Arabian Oryx institutions in the range states to collaborate more with GSCAO particularly in relation to data sharing and capacity building of conservation managers and technical staff of conservation departments.
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