Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park

Brumby

The term Brumby refers to the wild horses of Australia that are commonly found in the Australian Alps, Northern Territory and Queensland. They are not native to the continent but have been brought into the country by the Europeans in the 1800s. They have adapted to various local habitats, especially wetlands, mountainous areas, forests, and tropical grasslands.

During World War I and II, brumbies were used as warhorses, after which many were released into the wild, thereby adding to the growing number of wild horses on the continent.

The Brumby’s bloodline includes numerous different breeds, including Thoroughbred, Arabian, British Pony, and Irish Draft. They are hardy, intelligent animals that can be rehomed, making good companions and riding horses.

Having no natural predators has led to a significant increase in the Brumby population, raising concerns about the damage they cause to ecosystems they are not native to. The prevalent method of controlling Brumby-numbers by culling – often done by areal shooting – is being opposed by many, including organisations and sanctuaries which maintain that more humane ways to control these beautiful animals’ numbers must be found. Trapping/rehoming is one way of doing this.