Digital data collection
Probably the world’s largest wildlife reproductive ultrasound archive is housed at the IZW. Thousands of hours of recordings cover almost 20 years of ultrasound examinations from mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and invertebrates. The diversity of mammalian species covered in this unique collection spans from the very large elephants, rhinos, giraffes, whales and sharks to the very small naked mole rats, rats, and guinea pigs. The archive, which includes recordings of reproductive tract assessments for males and females as well as procedures such as artificial inseminations or ovum pick-up, is an invaluable educational and research tool. Since 2010 the new computed tomography unit at the IZW is additionally used for the collection of digital data with scans of already over 80 species. This new tool provides valuable contributions to research on both wildlife and pet animals.