Use of the SPOTT Website and/or Data, whether online, via data downloads, application program interfaces (APIs), or other means constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions which take effect on the date from which you first use the SPOTT Website and/or Data. 

1. Who we are  

The SPOTT Website ( is a site operated by the Zoological Society of London (“We”). We are a company incorporated by Royal Charter and a registered charity in England and Wales with registered charity number 208728. Our registered office is at Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY.    

2. By using the SPOTT Website you accept these Terms and Conditions 

By using our site, you confirm that you accept these terms and conditions and that you agree to comply with them. If you do not agree, you must not use our site. 

We amend these terms from time to time. Every time you wish to use our site, please check these terms to ensure you understand the terms that apply at that time. 

The rights and obligations concerning use of the SPOTT Website in accordance these terms are personal to you and are not transferable to any other person or entity. If you share SPOTT Data with other persons or entities independently of the SPOTT Website, you must make them aware of these Terms and Conditions, as the rights and obligations will also apply to them on their use of the Data. 

3. Using Material on the SPOTT Website 

We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in our site, and in the material published on it including the SPOTT Data.   

SPOTT Data refer to all tabular data, including all assessment, scores and profile data, indicator frameworks and research protocols, downloadable from the SPOTT Website as comma separated values (CSV) and/or portable document format (PDF) files.  

You may view, download and print extracts of the SPOTT Data or any pages from our site for your personal or commercial use and you may draw the attention of others within your organisation to content posted on our site.  

You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video, or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.  

4. Rules About Linking to the SPOTT Website 

You may link to any public page on our site, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it. 

You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists. 

Our site must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of our site other than the home page. 

We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice. 

5. No Reposting, Redistributionor Publication of the SPOTT Data 

You are not permitted to Repost or Redistribute to any third party any SPOTT Data in their original format, either whole or in part, alone or combined with other data, including within Derivative works without the prior written permission of ZSL.  

If you wish to publish the SPOTT Data or a Derivative Work based on the SPOTT Data, or provide a service through which SPOTT Data are otherwise made available for Reposting or Redistribution, please contact ZSL directly using the contact details below.  

You agree to direct all requests from third parties for access to SPOTT data obtained from the SPOTT Website to the address stated in the Contact Information section. 

6. Restricted Access 

Access to certain areas of the SPOTT Website is restricted. ZSL reserves the right to restrict access to other areas of the SPOTT Website, or indeed the entire SPOTT Website, at ZSL’s discretion.  

If ZSL provides you with a user account to access restricted areas of the SPOTT Website (i.e. login), you must ensure that the account details and your password are kept confidential and must not disclose it to any third party.  

The minimum information that ZSL requires to register you (i.e. signup) is your name, email address and password. ZSL will contact you via the email address provided to confirm your registration or changes to your user account. ZSL may ask you for more optional details about yourself and relating to different services, including the permission to send you news by email.  

Any information collected will be used in accordance with the ZSL Privacy Policy. You must be at least 16 years old before registering for a user account. You agree to notify ZSL immediately if you become aware of any unauthorised use of your password or account identifiers by others. 

7. SPOTT Website Updates 

Unless required to do so for specific analysis, you should not use any version of the SPOTT Data after it has been superseded by a subsequent version. It is your responsibility to check that you are using the latest version available via the SPOTT website.  

8. Feedback and Revised Information 

To keep the SPOTT Website and SPOTT Data up to date, We would welcome feedback on the quality, reliability and accuracy of the data. Such contributions should be free of restrictions, and ZSL commits to provide appropriate acknowledgement and credit for any such contributions. For information on providing data to ZSL for updating the SPOTT Website and/or SPOTT Data, please contact ZSL directly using the contact details below. 

9. Disclaimer of Warranty; Limitations on Liability 

ZSL does not warrant that access to and use of the SPOTT Website will be free from interruptions or free from errors, or that any information accessible from or related to the SPOTT Data is free of viruses, worms, or other harmful components; no warranty is made as to the results that may be obtained from use of the SPOTT Website, or as to the accuracy, reliability, or content of any information or service provided through the SPOTT Website. 

The SPOTT Website is provided “as is” without any warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. In no event shall ZSL be liable to you or any other person or entity for any loss of business or profits, or for any indirect, incidental or consequential damages arising out of any use of, or inability to use, the SPOTT Website even if ZSL were previously advised of the possibility of such damages, or for any other claim by you or any other person. 

10. No Responsibility for Third Parties 

Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. Such links should not be interpreted as approval by us of those linked websites or information you may obtain from them. 

We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources. 

11. General Information Only 

The content on our site is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our site. 

Although we make reasonable efforts to update the information on our site, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on our site is accurate, complete or up to date. 

Under no circumstances shall ZSL be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive, or consequential damages that result in any way from your use, non-use or reliance upon SPOTT Data, or that result from mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletions, errors, or defects in SPOTT Data, or delays in their operation, transmission or failure of performance. 

12. Indemnification 

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold ZSL harmless from any and all damages, liabilities, costs and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, related to any violation of your agreement to these terms and conditions by you or any authorized users of your SPOTT user account. 

13. Termination 

ZSL may terminate this agreement at any time, effective immediately, with or without prior notice. Termination of this agreement automatically terminates your license to use the SPOTT Website and SPOTT Data and any content or other material contained therein.  

14. Governing Law and Disputes 

These terms are governed by English law. Any dispute, controversy or claim arising under or pursuant to this User Agreement shall be settled by mutual agreement. If the Parties are unable to reach agreement on any question in dispute, either party shall have the right to request arbitration in accordance with the Arbitration Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. The Parties agree to be bound by any arbitration ruling rendered in accordance with the above, as the final adjudication of any such dispute. Nothing contained in or related to these Terms and Conditions shall be deemed a waiver, express or implied, of the privileges and immunities of ZSL. 

15. Miscellaneous 

The provisions of these Terms and Conditions shall inure to the benefit of ZSL and its third-party content providers and licensors. No waiver by any party hereto of any of the provisions hereof or of any breach or other default hereunder shall be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default. 

16. Definitions of Terms 


Reposting involves publishing SPOTT Data in a largely unmodified form, in whole or in part, alone or combined with other data, by any means including (but not limited to) electronic formats such a website or internet posting. If the data reposted are also made available for download, then the act of downloading falls under Redistribution


Redistribution involves distributing or transmitting SPOTT Data to any third party, in whole or in part, by any means including (but not limited to) electronic formats such as web downloads, through web services such as APIs, through interactive web maps that grant users download access, shapefiles, keyhole markup language (KML) files or file transfer protocols, electronic mailing, redistributing via a computer network, digital storage, memory stick, or any other electronic media or device. Sub-licensing and reselling are forms of Redistribution

Derivative works (Derivatives) 

Derivative work is a new work that is based upon all, or part, of the SPOTT Data. To be considered a Derivative work, the new work must be transformative and include originality on the part of the creator, otherwise it may simply be considered Reposting or Redistribution, depending on the way the new work is made available.  

17. Contact Information 

If you have any questions about any of these terms or how they may apply to your intended use of the SPOTT Website and the SPOTT Data, please contact our team via this form:  

18. Cookies 

Our site uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our site. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. 

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. 

We use the following cookies: 

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services. 
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. 
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region). 
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose. 

For more details, please see the ZSL cookie information page on the ZSL website. 

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20. Privacy Policy 

ZSL’s Privacy Policy ( sets out the terms on which we process any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us. By using our site, you agree to the terms and conditions stated therein.