Achievements of Priam Psittaculture Centre PPC – Research & Breeding

Accredited member of Zoo & Aquarium Association for two decades. Meeting global standards in Animal Welfare.
228 5.11 Priam Australia Pty Ltd - Accreditation - CERTIFICATE-2
Australia’s first and to date, only CITES Approved Captive Breeding Program for an Appendix I Species.

CITES Captive Breeding Program approval letter - signedE-Notif-2017-037



The National Threatened Species Institute is a registered Not For Profit established by Priam Psittaculture Centre.



Research Licencing: 

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After being asked to attend an IUCN meeting of experts for the Western Ground Parrot in W.A., a two-year application process with NSW OEH was undertaken, resulting in Ground Parrot Research Authority being granted.



SL100422 GOWLAND Priam OBP breeding 2017 Renewal
Australian Federal Government Captive Recovery Breeding Program for the Orange-bellied Parrot Neophema chrysogaster of which Daniel Chaired the OBP Captive Management Group and member of the Strategic Action Planning Group and Veterinary Technical Reference Group for the term of two years.



NHM SL100561 Ford Defence STAR 191211
Priam Psittaculture Centre successfully reintroduced New Holland Mice into Mulligans Flat in Canberra A.C.T., with an Honour’s student following up two years after the last release to find a persistent population present.




Native Australian smoky mouse becomes first species to be killed from bushfire smoke inhalation - AB





Original Article

Habitat selection and genetic diversity of a reintroduced ‘refugee species’

First published: 27 November 2019
Editor: John Ewen
Associate Editor: Jaime Ramos


A ‘refugee’ species is one with a current distribution that has been restricted to a subset of their former niche by threatening processes. Conservation opportunities for such species can be limited by a poor understanding of habitat requirements, where habitat models are based on current distributions and not the innate capacity of the animal to survive where threats are managed. We examined patterns of habitat selection by a putative refugee species, the threatened New Holland mouse Pseudomys novaehollandiae, following reintroduction into historic habitat (habitat that corresponds to a currently unoccupied component of its former niche). Current New Holland mouse populations exist predominantly in coastal heath habitat of select vegetation and fire history, and these environmental conditions differ greatly to those found across the species historical distribution. Using a novel, non‐invasive method of detection for the species, we investigated patterns of habitat selection following reintroduction into historic habitat, where the species primary threat of exotic predators has been removed. We also assessed the changes in genetic diversity measures across three stages of the reintroduction process (before, during and after) using microsatellite markers, to reflect on past efforts in maintaining genetic diversity. We found that historic habitat can still support New Holland mouse populations and identified more diverse potential habitat for the species. We also identified loss of alleles and an increased inbreeding coefficient at the captive breeding stage, but these findings were not statistically significant. This study expands on our limited understanding of habitat requirements and the fundamental niche of the New Holland mouse, highlighting new potential conservation opportunities.