Zoos biobanking for the future

There are hundreds of species represented in the Paignton Zoo collection and CryoArks research fellow, Gill Murray Dickson, chats to vet nurse Kelly Damon to find out more about how samples are routinely collected during post-mortem examination and why samples collected from zoo animals are so important for conservation research.

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Over 1,000 animal samples arrive at Edinburgh Zoo’s biobank hub

Samples from over 220 different animal species at Paignton Zoo are being stored by scientists at the wildlife conservation charity as part of a project to give researchers around the world access to biological samples from endangered species and other wildlife. Now, over 1,000 samples from this collection are stored at the RZSS Biobank, one of the CryoArks hubs in Scotland.

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NatSCA blog – CryoArks: Discover The UK’s First Zoological Biobank

The Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA) is a UK-based membership organisation and charity. It promotes and supports natural science collections, the institutions that house them, and the people that work with them, in order to improve collections care, understanding, accessibility and enjoyment for all. In its latest blog post, NatSCA features CryoArks and highlights how our biobank is now ready to help museums improve and maintain their frozen collections.

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Fishing rectangular midwater trawls at St Helena Sea Mounts

It was a long 5 days transit to St Helena, dealing with sea sickness and adjusting back to day time hours for a short period. But there is nothing like a sunny day at sea and we were very lucky to have quite a few of those during our travels. Whist in transit one of the things that struck me most was how the birds seemed to disappear as we transitioned to the warmer, more tropical climate.

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Fishing rectangular midwater trawls at Tristan Da Cunha Sea Mounts

In the vast South Atlantic Ocean, the most remote inhabited island on the planet suddenly rises up out of the sea. Not having seen land since I boarded the RRS Discovery and she departed Stanley in the Falklands 8 days before, it was an exciting sight. The island’s volcanic nature is evident not only by its sharp peak but also by the black rock flow visible near the settlement, a reminder of a previous eruption.

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