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Maneless zebra (Equus quagga borensis) breeding program in Europe

Discussion in 'Europe - General' started by Jana, 2 Jul 2020.

  1. Jana

    Jana Well-Known Member

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    Due to very little interest in keeping of Maneless zebras from side of EAZA and european zoos, Czech and Slovak zoos have agreed to run their own managed breeding program some time ago. Local zoos are phasing out other zebra subspecies to dedicate more available space for Maneless zebras. In whole Europe less than 40 of these zebras survive. That is too low to keep them long-term so this is a last attempt to build a sustainable captive population.

    Wild Maneless zebras survive only in Uganda, with estimated population of 100-400 spread over several parks.

    Who keeps maneless zebras:

    Dvůr Králové - this zoo organized the initial catch and importation of founding animals from Africa in 1969 and has kept an internal studbook of all plain zebras in Czechoslovakia ever since. Breeds them uninterrupted for 50 years. Altogether only 10 of the wild-caught zebras have become founders of whole today´s zoo population.

    Liberec and Zlín - both have them for a long time, but have just small breeding herds (1-3 mares).

    Prague - keeps a small herd since 2018 when it phased out their Grant's zebras.

    Košice - started with a bachelor herd in 2019, very important step to increase spare capacity for stallions so that other zoos can exchange them more frequently.

    Bojnice - just now phased out Chapmans and replaced them with 1,1 Maneless zebras from Poland (Borysew).

    Plzeň - plans to phase out their Chapmans and start a larger breeding herd.

    Brno - plans to replace Chapmans and start with Maneless zebras.

    Edit - could a mod correct my typo in the thread headline?
     
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    Wow, I did not know they are so rare. It is much less than Grevy's zebras, black rhinos and many other high-profile zoo animals.
     
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    Liberec just saw a birth of a little mare to an older mare that failed to get pregnant for 11 long years. The young maneless zebra was very small by birth with just 20kg but now is doing better and gaining weight.

    The zoo issued a press article about the birth with some current info about Maneless zebra program: currently the European population has 44 animals in 10 zoos. Around half of them is too old, has health issues or other problems and is unable to breed. The effective population is little over 20 animals.
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    Are there any more captive outside of Europe. Also would importing from Africa be possible?.
     
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    No captive animals live outside Europe. Import from Uganda (wild-caught) into the EU is impossible, no way to get an EU import vet certificate.
     
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    @Jana Would it be possible to collect semen from wild stallions for doing captive AI work something like what happened using African elephant bulls with captive cows?
     
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    I´m not sure but probably not. EU has blank prohibition of import of ruminants from Uganda, I would guess it includes their semen.
     
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