I myself farmed the old ZG mounts for quite some time, and although I was able to get the raptor, the tiger continued to elude me. As a dedicated mount collector (145 as of this post), I was very depressed over the removal of the ZG mounts, but I clung to the hope that they might some day be readded to the game after seeing this blue post:
Although we have no current plans to introduce new ways to obtain the Zul'Gurub mounts, pets, and the tribute mounts, they may return should we find a place where they fit in the future.
The pet found a home again shortly thereafter, so I patiently waited to see if the ZG mounts would be reinstated, perhaps as an archaeology reward or something along those lines. When I woke up this morning to find the announcement on MMO-Champion of a new ZG coming in 4.1, my heart leapt! However I was very disappointed to see that the mounts are not making a return -- Instead, slightly different ones will be taking their places.
Now, as a collector, I am obviously happy about the addition of new mounts, but considering this would have been the opportune time to bring back the old raptor and tiger, I feel that this is the final nail in the coffin for the old mounts.
I can understand not bringing back the ZA bear, as it was a reward for a test of skill (however if a similar test of skill was implemented into the game, I would have no problem with it returning), but the ZG raptor and tiger are a different story altogether. In order to get the ZG mounts, one simply needed to be a class that was able to solo the bosses, as well as have the luck to actually get the mounts to drop. I know that there are many dedicated farmers, including myself, who were never able to get one or both to drop for them, and it was a source of frustration seen in many forum posts when they were removed. It seems that this content patch would have been the perfect time to bring them back for those who simply were not lucky enough to get them in the first place.
I suppose my question is this: Is there any remaining hope for the return of the beloved original Swift Zulian Tiger and Swift Razzashi Raptor?
Thank you for reading my rambling. :) Any thoughts or predictions? Or perhaps (dare I say it), a blue post?