Newsletter: March 2024

Waheed Arshad, PhD
April 4, 2024

As we step out of March, we are delighted to share the exciting news of our new partnership with Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) to help global botanical gardens protect plant diversity. This year, we also celebrate a significant milestone at Species360: the 50th anniversary of supporting global wildlife conservation through record-keeping and science initiatives.

Behind the scenes, we are working on some major features, such as the ability to share your collection with the public. Read more about this month’s highlights and how to get early access to your public site.

Species360 partners with BGCI to protect plant biodiversity

Species360 and BGCI are partnering to advance the protection of plant biodiversity worldwide. This collaboration aims to enhance data sharing, promote data-driven analytics, and facilitate information exchange on plant species and populations. We are also delighted to welcome Dr Paul Smith, Secretary General of BGCI, to serve on the Species360 Board of Trustees. Read more about this news here.

Want to share your plant collection with the public?

We're soon launching public sites in Hortis, and we want you to be among the first to try it out. Reach out to us for an exclusive firsthand look at this highly anticipated addition to the platform. If you're keen on early access and giving us your feedback, simply send us an email at

Missed our webinar? A New Dawn for Plant Records at Zoos and Aquariums

If you couldn't make it to our recent webinar, you can now catch the recording and read the FAQs in our latest blog post. If you work at a zoo or an aquarium and want to learn more about how we can help you and your team, catch up on our record-keeping webinar here.

Celebrating 50 years of data saving species

For half a century, Species360 has been at the forefront of fostering global collaboration in animal species conservation. As we commemorate this significant milestone throughout 2024, we reflect on our journey, and the pivotal role data has played in this process. Stay tuned for special announcements celebrating the positive impact that the zoo and aquarium community have made over the years through data-driven conservation. With Hortis we are equally eager to facilitate this positive effect for the global community of botanic gardens in the years to come.

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