About Journal of Zoological and Botanical Gardens


The Journal of Zoological and Botanical Gardens (ISSN 2673-5636) is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open-access and open-source scientific journal that covers areas at the intersection of fauna and flora conservation. It publishes reviews, original research papers, short communications and opinion papers, without limits in terms of the length of manuscripts.

The Journal of Zoological and Botanical Gardens draws together expertise from multiple disciplines (i.e., biology, conservation, veterinary science, geography, limnology, ecology, geology, paleology, archaeology, arboriculture, anthropology, history, social sciences and humanities), to explore pure and applied research questions concerning the management, conservation and sustainability of biodiversity (i.e., plants, animals, fungi, protozoa, viruses and bacteria) and human/nature heritage issues.

Beyond zoological and botanical gardens, we also pay attention to natural sciences/natural history, agriculture/forestry/livestock and anthropology museums/collections and related libraries, as well as similar structures such as germplasm banks; herbaria; arboretums; aquariums; terrariums; educational orchards, forests and farms; historical gardens; centres of natural sciences dissemination and of environmental education; protected areas museums; national parks; experimental plantations/farming; botanical/landscape conservatories; faunistic and floristic areas; outdoor classrooms/didactic laboratories; equipped green spaces and green spaces used for art exhibitions/representation; urban gardens; wildlife recovery/rehabilitation centres; living museums; veteran trees and plant formations of monumental interest.


The journal scope includes all aspects related to botanical gardens, zoological gardens, natural sciences museums and other similar institutions. Main interests focus on:

Species conservation

  • Ex situ conservation (especially rare, remarkable or endangered taxa);
  • Ex situ management applications for productive/economic purposes;
  • Habitats and ecological restoration-related issues;
  • Ex situ vs. in situ and primary vs. secondary issues on species and communities;
  • Biology, physiology, dynamics and stress response of endangered species;
  • Advances in aquaria, natural history, zoological and botanical gardens research;
  • Experiences in breeding and managing threatened taxa;
  • Seedbanks and gene banks research advances;
  • Conservation of biological samples;
  • Pest or diseases control, technology and advances in living and non-living collections;
  • Research advances in animal/plant welfare, rights, bioethics and ecological ethics;
  • Horticulture, Zootechnics and floristics research on rare taxa;
  • Breeding of new taxa and acclimatization;
  • Advances and issues on sustainable practices;
  • Experiences in breeding and keeping threatened animals and plants;
  • Behavioural research advances in aquaria and zoological gardens;
  • Research advances in animal welfare by aquaria and zoological gardens;
  • Sustainable practice for alien species and native species issues;
  • Conservation tools.

Cultural Heritage and Social Sciences

  • Lessons learned from the history;
  • Visitor satisfaction research;
  • Research on public opinion-related issues;
  • Related Ethnoecology and Human Geography issues;
  • Novelties and new management approaches;
  • Related values, concerns and perceptions cultural and societal services provided and the nature connectedness role issues;
  • Landscape, urban planning-related issues;
  • Planning, building, and designing;
  • Green infrastructure and landscape connectivity;
  • Intermingling of museums, arboretums, zoological and botanical gardens with development, sustainability, urban agriculture and local communities;
  • Conservation of historical infrastructure-related issues;
  • Conservation of historical places, specimens, tools and other objects related to science, gardens, museums, etc., Or objects, places and specimens from or used by important people who have worked in these fields;
  • Collections and pharmacology issues;
  • Technics, ideas, challenges, methodologies and ethics evolution;
  • Biosemiotics;
  • Conservation of the built environment, infrastructures, and architectural/historical/cultural heritage of zoos, museums, arboretums, aquaria and botanical or zoological gardens;
  • Bioparks, eco-parks, and other faunistic/floristic artificial or reconstructed areas;
  • Human perceptions and conflicts issues;
  • Human, animal and plant wellness, rights, policies, ethics, dignity and other issues;
  • Alien species and native species issues (we encourage a cultural heritage instead a biocide or eco-xenophobic approach);
  • Human–animal interactions in aquaria, zoological and botanical gardens.


  • Education as a conservation output;
  • Educational techniques;
  • The use of plant, animals, community and ecosystem reconstruction and artefacts in scientific dissemination and conservation education;
  • Advanced in scientific dissemination and conservation-related education-related issues;
  • Challenges and opportunities in conservation and biology education.


  • Tourism, spare time, sport, cultural and spiritual issues;
  • Recreation;
  • Projecting, managing, and planning related issues.

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Book Reviews

Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent related books to the following address. Received books will be listed as Books Received within the journal's News & Announcements section.

St. Alban-Anlage 66
CH-4052 Basel

Copyright / Open Access

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