Sunday, August 12, 2007

Quagga

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On this date in 1883, the last known quagga in the world died in an Amsterdam zoo and scientists have been trying to bring it back ever since. The quagga looked a lot like a zebra but with stripes only on its front half (in that sense the opposite of an okapi, which has stripes only on its hindquarters). The Quagga Project has had some success in breeding back; Henry, born in 2005, is the closest we now have to a quagga. But there are also the aptly named zedonks and zorses and other members of the zebroid (zebra hybrid) family, which are generally sterile. Quote: "So you see! There's no end To the things you might know, Depending how far beyond Zebra you go!" — Dr. Seuss in On Beyond Zebra!





Conservation status
Extinct (1883) (IUCN)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:
Animalia
Phylum:
Chordata
Class:
Mammalia
Order:
Perissodactyla
Family:
Equidae
Genus:
Equus
Subgenus:
Hippotigris
Species:
E. quagga
Subspecies:
E. q. quagga
Trinomial name
Equus quagga quaggaBoddaert, 1785

1793 illustration of the quagga stallion of Louis XVI's menagerie at Versailles.

Quagga specimen at Natural History Museum, London.

Quagga specimen with zebra-horse hybrid foal at Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum, Tring, England.
The quagga is an extinct subspecies of the

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