The European Bison Pedigree Book (EBPB) is the genealogical registry of all surviving E. bison. In the history, European bison was the first of active conservation species in which there were used the registration of pedigree. After the extirpation of last population of the European bison at Bialowieska Forest (1919) and in Caucasus (1926 or 27), under the framework of the International Society for European Bison Protection in Germany, the restitution of the species was initiated, on the basis of individuals surviving in captivity. In 1924 Groeben recorded 66 (33,33) living individuals, and in a pedigree record from 1931 given are genealogical data of 171 animals, including 65 still beaing alive, which became a potential founder herd for contemporary bison. European Bison Pedigree Book (EBPB) for the period 1931 – 1936 (Goerd v.d. Groeben, Erna Mohr) was edited in Germany, and after a break, since 1947 in Poland (Jan Żabinski). Since 1991, the editorial office is situated at Bialowieza, within the structure of Bialowieski National Park. EBPB, thanks to co-operation with owners of animals, is maintaining a continuous pedigree registration of pure blood European bison in breeding enclosures and is monitoring bison numbers in free ranging herds. Data, published annually are available for animals’ owners and for other interested parties.
ADDRESS OF THE EDITORIAL OFFICE (located in Poland):
Księga Rodowodowa Żubrów (European Bison Pedigree Book)
Białowieski Park Narodowy
Park Pałacowy 11, 17-230 Białowieża
Polska / POLAND
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PEDOGREE BOOK:
European Bison Conservation Newsletter Vol 1 (2008)
European Bison Conservation Newsletter Vol 6 (2013)
The EPBP became an integral part of the EBAC database/information management.
In 2015 we use the official world register of living pure-bred European bison on 31 December 2013. The reason is that the data regarding the year 2013 were being passed to the Editor of EBPB during the year 2014. Accordingly, EBPB 2013 was published at the beginning of 2015.