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Quagga fact file

Quagga description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderPerissodactyla
FamilyEquidae
GenusEquus Quagga biology

In common with the plains zebra it is likely that quaggas were found in gromammals

Quagga range

Quaggas were found in the Karoo and southern Free State of South Africa. The date of the disappearance of the last wild animal is unknown but the final quagga died at the Artis Magistra Zoo in Amsterdam in 1883 Quagga habitat

Previously found in the arid and temperate grasslands of South Africa Quagga status

Classified as Extinct (EX) by the IUCN Red List 2007 Quagga threats

South Africa became renowned for hunting in the 19th Century, and was known as a 'hunters paradise' Quagga conservation

A plan to 'retrieve' the quagga is now being carried out in South Africa by the Quagga Project

View information on this species at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
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For more information see:

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Authentication

Authenticated (19/06/08) by Dr. Eric H. Harley, Scientific Advisor, The Quagga Project.
http://www.quaggaproject.org

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Glossary

Natal
Site of birth.
Subspecies
A different race of a species, which is geographically separated from other populations of that species.
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References

  1. IUCN Red List (June, 2008)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
  2. Animal Diversity Web (January, 2003)
    http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/equus/e._quagga$narrative.html
  3. Groves, C.P. and Bell, C.H. (2004) New investigations on the taxonomy of the zebras genus Equus, subgenus Hippotigris. Mammalian Biology, 69: 182 - 196.
  4. Leonard, J.A., Rohland, N., Glaberman, S., Fleischer, R.C., Caccone, A. and Hofreiter, M. (2005) A rapid loss of stripes: the evolutionary history of the extinct quagga. Biology Letters, 1: 291 - 295.
  5. The Quagga Project (June, 2008)
    http://www.quaggaproject.org
  6. Macdonald, D. (2001) The New Encyclopedia of Mammals. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  7. Harley, E.H. (2008) Pers. comm.
  8. Boroughs, D. (1999) New Life For a Vanished Zebra?. International Wildlife, 1999.
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Quagga in enclosure  
Quagga in enclosure

© Frederick York / Zoological Society of London

The Zoological Society of London
Regent's Park
London
NW1 4RY
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 207 449 6293
library@zsl.org
http://www.zsl.org/core/library.html

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