Biorepository: National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

Institution Information

Index Herbariorum Record: 
No
InstitutionCode: 
NZG
Status of Institution: 
Active
Additional Institution Names: 
NZG Biobank
Description of Institution: 

The NZG Biobank acts as an integrated resource linking the multiple tissue collections (Tissue bank; DNA bank; Necropsy sample bank; Cell culture bank; Sperm bank) and provides samples and information to an interdisciplinary wildlife research and management audience regionally and globally.  Sample providers include national and provincial parks, wildlife ranches and zoological institutions, while users include HEI’s, research institutions, wildlife owners and others. 
Through the Biobank, a single port of entry for organisations requiring African wildlife biomaterials for research, biodiversity conservation and biotechnology development purposes has been established. An advisory committee oversees operational efficiency and strategy. Members represented on the committee are experts drawn from the stakeholder community, biomaterial sample providers, sample users, academics, national and provincial regulatory authorities. 
The NZG Biobank is housed in a dedicated building with offices, fully equipped laboratories for processing and cryo-preservation, storerooms, and multiple rooms with fridges, freezers ranging from 4 degrees C to minus 150 degrees C, to ultralow (liquid nitrogen) temperatures.
The Bank coordinates, collects, processes and stores different tissue types such as extracted DNA, ear-notches, hair, feathers, semen, organs etc. and maintains the samples under different and optimal storage conditions that are suitable for future research and management applications. 

Institutional Discipline: 
Institutional Governance: 
Public, Other
Institution Type: 
Zoo or aquarium
Cool URI: 
http://grbio.org/cool/3fq8-xib6

Institutional Mailing Address

Mailing Address 1: 
NZG Biobank
Mailing Address 2: 
P O Box 754
City/Town: 
Pretoria
State/Province: 
Gauteng
Postal/Zip Code: 
0001
Country: 
South Africa

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Institutional Contact Information

Primary Contact: 

Kim Labuschagne

Staff Member Information

Job Title: 
NZG Biobank Curator
Area of Responsibility: 
Curation of the NZG Biobank Collection, and all associated data
Birth Year: 
1974
Research Discipline: 

Staff Member Affiliations

Name of Primary Institution: 

Staff Member's Contact Information

E-mail: 
Phone Number: 
012 339 2853
Address 1: 
P O Box 754
City/Town: 
Pretoria
State/Province: 
Gauteng
Postal/Zip Code: 
0001
Country: 
South Africa
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