1. What information is available in the Captive Breeding Database?

The Captive Breeding Database contains information relating to the captive breeding, ranching and mariculture of species that are listed on the Annexes to the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations.

2. Where does the information in the database come from?

The database was initially populated by UNEP-WCMC with information relating to captive breeding, ranching and mariculture facilities derived from emails circulated to EU Member States and from information entered in CIRCA up to April 2011. Registered users from the CITES Authorities of EU Member States are responsible for populating the database with additional information. Personal information on private breeders has not been entered by UNEP-WCMC. Member States will need to obtain consent from private breeders prior to uploading this personal information.

3. How do I search for information?

Information can be found by entering the taxon name and/or country, or the facility name only, in the "Search" function. If different entries exist for a particular query, these will be displayed as an intermediate output.

4. Why can I not find a match for the species/facility/country I am looking for?

It is possible that no data on captive breeding has been entered for this species/facility/country or that the species in question is not listed on the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations. The facility may also have changed name and you may be looking for a name that has not been added to the database.

5. How do I enter information on a new breeding facility?

A new facility can be entered within "Add data", by selecting "add new facility".

6. How do I amend the address or name of a facility that has already been entered?

The address or name of a facility can be amended within the "Add data" page, by selecting the facility from the dropdown list and clicking on "Update details". The new address or facility name can now be entered and saved.

7. Where can I find data which has been entered under an old facility name / address?

Hyperlinks to details entered against and old facility name/address are provided underneath the most recently entered facility details. While the most recent record contains all the information entered for the facility/species, records linked to old facility details only contain the information entered against them.

8. How do I add information to a facility that has already been entered?

Within "Add data", select the facility prior to entering information in the relevant fields.

9. How do I add a species and relevant breeding information to a facility that has already been entered?

Within "Add data" select the relevant facility and species and enter any further information available on this species.

10. What if the taxon I wish to enter does not appear in the drop-down list within the "Add data" page?

The drop-down list includes all species that are listed on the Annexes to the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations (all accepted names and many synonyms), as well as taxa entered by other users, such as hybrids. Should the required taxon not appear in the dropdown list, a new taxon can be entered below and added to the database. Before doing so, please make sure you are using the correct spelling.

11. How do I amend/delete information that I have entered?

Entries can only be amended/removed by the organization that entered the data (e.g. all CITES Authorities users within a country can amend each other’s entries, but not entries by users from another Authority). To amend/remove your entry, click on the corresponding "Amend" or "Remove" and make the required changes within the text fields. Entries which are no longer valid will not be permanently deleted, but shift below current entries.

12. How do I enter general information on captive breeding, ranching or mariculture, which is not linked to a species and/or facility?

General information can be entered in the "Add data" page by selecting "General breeding", "General ranching" or "General mariculture" from the Facility dropdown list. If the country does not appear in the dropdown list, then a new facility may be entered, ensuring that in "Facility name" the following structure is followed: General breeding, country.

13. How can I find out more about a specific entry?

The Organisation/CITES Authority who entered the data is displayed for all entries. Users may contact other users directly with regards to entries.

14. How do I know if the scientific name of a species is the accepted scientific name or a synonym (non-accepted name)?

The EU Wildlife Trade Regulation Database contains information on both the currently accepted scientific name used by CITES and also many recognized synonyms (or other names used). The database distinguishes between them by adding [A] for “accepted” or [S] for “synonym” after the species' name.

If a recognised synonym is selected, the information entered will be automatically saved under the currently accepted name. If a recognized synonym is searched for, the search results will automatically display the species accepted name.

15. Do I need to search for accepted names and synonyms to check whether data is available?

No. Entries are automatically saved under the currently accepted name of the species. Should users wish to note that the information entered was received when the species was known under a synonym, then this information should be entered into the comments text field in the "Application details" tab.

16. Do I need to search under the most recent and previous names/addresses of facilities?

All data entered against a facility is displayed under the most recent name/address. While previous names of facilities are searchable, the hyperlinks to previous names/addresses are provided within the most recent entry. This allows users to see separately information entered against a previous name/address.

17. How should I cite the UNEP-WCMC Captive breeding and ranching database?

The database should be cited as UNEP-WCMC 2011. UNEP-WCMC EU Wildlife Trade Regulation Captive Breeding Database as of [ ]

18. How can I provide feedback on this website?

Please provide us with comments on how you think the Captive Breeding Database could be improved to species@unep-wcmc.org