Digital data collection
The Leibniz-IZW houses what is probably the world’s largest wildlife archive of videos and imaging data on wildlife reproduction. The archive contains more than 70.000 computed tomography scans as well as thousands of hours of recordings covering almost 20 years of ultrasound examinations. The diversity of mammalian species covered in this unique collection spans from the very large such as elephants, rhinos, giraffes, whales and sharks to the very small, for example Guinea pigs, naked mole rats and Etruscan shrews. 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.