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Keywords:

  • censuses;
  • directory of zoos and aquariums;
  • international studbooks;
  • International Zoo Yearbook

The International Zoo Yearbook was first published in 1960 by The Zoological Society of London to provide an authoritative channel for the international exchange of information about zoos. Although the general style and layout of the Yearbook were established in Volume 1, the articles in the first two sections have developed from short notes and short articles, to longer, peer-reviewed manuscripts that are more in line with the style of scientific journals. The data reported in section 3 have also been refined and augmented over the 40 years of publication. This article describes the historical beginnings of the Yearbook, details the processes by which it has developed and looks to the future of this reference book, which is indispensable to anyone concerned with the care and conservation of wild animals.