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 Zabinski). 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.
Raczynski J. European Bison Conservation Newsletter Vol 1 (2008) pp: 87–104
The EPBP became an integral part of the EBAC database/information management.
Edition of the EBPB
In 2014 we use the official world register of living pure-bred European bison on 31 December 2012. The reason is that the data regarding the year 2012 were being passed to the Editor of EBPB during the year 2013. Accordingly, EBPB 2012 was published at the beginning of 2014.
Based on the current pedigree book (EBPB, 2012) the number of E. bison in the world amounts to 4987 individuals. In accordance with data obtained after personal consultations with breeders, which took place at the beginning of 2014, this number is higher and amounts to 5046 individuals.To find out more, follow the link below: Bison pedigree book