Online Dating for Animals
Sorry, this isn't a joke about your ex or annoying sibling. Rather, it's the new path zookeepers are taking to match up animals for breeding. Zoological Information Management Systems is new software hitting the Web that acts much like the online dating sites for humans. The system isn't expected to see wide distribution for at least a year, but so far there are about 150 zoos and aquariums collaborating...sharing such information like age, sex, weight, and yes, even an animal's personality. Most importantly, the system will allow zookeepers to share important information regarding species-specific mating habits, improving the chance of successful breeding. Currently, the offline databases used for such things are out-dated, so having an online repository for such information would be a huge step.