It is interestuig to note tha absence of Kowari (Dasyuroides byrnei) from UK Zoos ( & European). The species was, at one time well represented in both public and private collections. It seems that the reason for the absence of the species is the result of a decision by someone involved in the running of the Studbook (presumably just out of University and with no knowledge, practical or theoretical, of the species decided to instruct all keepers subject to Stud Book rules to split the breeding pairs and not breed from the species for a year! It seems that the 'Zoo system' was unhappy at the number of the species in private hands! The problem with that 'brilliant' suggestion was that a) Kowari are not long-lived b) Aggressive to new partners End result - no Kowari in captivity in UK! And poorly represented in Europe. Could BEAZA/EAZA comment on:- a) Why was an individual with such limited knowledge allowed to make such a decision? b) Is that individual still employed within the Zoo system? If so, why? c) Confirm that the decision was based on a desire to restrict the surplus stock being made availabel to private sector keepers.