History of the AFZ

The AFZ was formerly known as the Australian Gene Storage and Research Centre of Australia (AGSRCA). The AGSRCA was established in 1995 at Monash University (with a sister site at Taronga Western Plains Zoo) aided by a start-up grant from the Australian Research Council and support from Monash University, the Zoological Parks Board of NSW and Norwood Abbey along with significant funding from a number of Australia’s leading corporations. It was the first truly national cryogenic reserve in the world and was a founding member of the International Frozen Ark consortium established in 2003. This network encompasses similar gene banks from 22 countries, comprising an expanding international collection to preserve the worlds biodiversity.