Most of you out there are probably aware that at the top of the NZ and Australia forums I have threads listing all the exotic mammals in those countries' zoos. Both started off as bald lists -- simply name of species plus locality -- but recently I changed the NZ one to include (as far as possible) origin data for all the species. Doing the same for Australia seemed like way too big a job but I have decided to give it a crack as well. For the last week I've been tinkering away at a draft, there's still lots to go on it and it may not even be possible to complete it, but I'll see how it goes. So this thread is where I'm going to be asking for help for things I am stuck on. And I'll start with equiids. EQUIIDAE: *Przewalski's Horse (Equus (ferus) przewalskii) – Werribee; Western Plains Zoo; Monarto Zoo; Halls Gap Zoo; Altina Wildlife Park; also about 20 at Fernhill Estate in Mulgoa (ex-Tipperary) I know there's about sixty-odd in Australia.... and that's about all I know! Lord McAlpine imported 1.8 from the UK in 1987/88 for the Pearl Coast Zoo, which then went to Tipperary, and that is where the ones at Mulgoa came from. Did the horses in the rest of the zoos also originate from this import or was there a separate import to Werribee or Dubbo?? I can't find anything on their origins (and I couldn't find an accessible studbook online). [EDIT: I finally found it (via old newspaper archives). There were 4.9 horses imported through Melbourne to Western Plains Zoo in 1982. They were all sourced from the UK: Whipsnade, Marwell, and somewhere called Midway Manor. First foal born in 1984. There were also two (a pair) imported to Adelaide Zoo in 1981 -- and those ones I cannot find a source for.] *Persian Onager (Equus hemionus onager) – Western Plains Zoo I found three conflicting statements on origin for this lot (although the three are sort of compatible if you allow for some assumptions regarding fallible memories and the like). All three are from Zoochat forums because I could find not a single item about their origin anywhere else. If anyone can clear this up that would be great! Version one: two pairs imported in 1979 and a further trio (one male, two females) in 1982 Version two: one pair imported in 1979 from Rotterdam and one pair in 1981 from the National Zoo (USA) Version three: one male imported in 1979 from Rotterdam and three females in 1981 from Toronto Zoo (but bred at Front Royal, USA) *Common Zebra (Equus quagga) – Melbourne Zoo; Werribee; Taronga Zoo; Western Plains Zoo; Perth Zoo; Monarto Zoo; Mogo Zoo; Altina Wildlife Park; Darling Downs; National Zoo; Zoodoo Wildlife Park; Australia Zoo This one might be messy! *Ten new zebra were imported from the USA by DDZ in early 2014 which were the first in ages so I'm just interested in the older stock. Most of the smaller zoos have odds and sods from the larger zoos so they can be ignored for the purposes of this. *The Chapman's in Australia derive from 2.6 imported to Werribee in 1980 from Rotterdam. I read a vague comment on early-Zoochat that Werribee also imported a new stallion in the early 2000s? [EDIT: the imported stallion is the one called Christou, who came from Singapore Zoo. He sired a foal at Werribee, born December 1998, so he probably arrived in 1997. If I can't find a firm date I'll just put "late 1990s"] *The main stock I can't find anything about! These are Grant's-type zebras at Taronga and Dubbo; and I guess including all the former holdings at the other large zoos: Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Is there anything good known about their origins, or is it just an untangle-able mix of random imports from who knows where and when? *Also where did National's come from? They apparently have been breeding them for a good while. I'm guessing they are from Taronga stock?