London Zoo 1870 The quagga (/ˈkwəˈxə/) (Equus quagga quagga) is an extinct subspecies of the plains zebra that lived in South Africa. It was long thought to be a distinct species, but recent genetic studies have shown it to be the southernmost subspecies of the plains zebra. It is considered particularly close to Burchell's zebra. Its name is derived from the plains zebra's call, which sounds like "kwa-ha-ha". Wiki

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Grevy's Zebra headshot. Zebra, Zebras are several species of African equids (horse family) united by their distinctive black and white stripes. Their stripes come in different patterns, unique to each individual. There are three species of zebras: the plains zebra, the Grévy's zebra and the mountain zebra. various anthropogenic factors have had a severe impact on zebra populations, in particular hunting for skins and habitat destruction. Grévy's zebra and the mountain zebra are endangered.

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Zebras are highly social. Their social structure, however, depends on the species. Mountain zebras and plains zebras live in groups, known as 'harems', consisting of one stallion with up to six mares and their foals. Bachelor males either live alone or with groups of other bachelors until they are old enough to challenge a breeding stallion. When attacked by packs of hyenas or wild dogs a zebra group will huddle together with the foals in the middle while the stallion tries to ward them off.

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Plains Zebra, Burchell's Zebra, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa by Ariadne Van Zandbergen

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Plains Zebra Painting by Tracy L Teeter - Plains Zebra Fine Art Prints and Posters for Sale

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"The Quagga was a plains zebra living in South Africa. The last Quagga was killed by hunters in 1878. This species was then added to the long list of extinct animal species. Fortunately, there was one specimen still alive at Artis zoo [Amsterdam]. After its passing away on 12 August 1883, the Quagga disappeared forever from the Earth’s surface. The above print is now preserved in the zebra enclosure of that time."

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Africa | Plains Zebra. Etosha National Park, Oshikoto, Namibia | ©Marc - busy, via flickr

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Only one Quagga was ever photographed, the female above, taken at the London Zoo. In the wild, the Quagga, a subspecies of the plains zebra, was found in great numbers in South Africa. However, the Quagga was hunted to extinction for meat, hides, and to preserve feed for domesticated animals. The last wild Quagga was shot in the 1970s, with the last one held in captivity dying in August of 1883. Interesting fact, the Quagga was the first extinct animal to have its DNA examined. Prior to this…

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