The Quagga is an equid-hoofed animal that was once considered a separate species of zebra but is now confirmed to be a subspecies of the Burchell’s zebra.
The Quagga and the modern zebra differ only in that the zebra has a completely striped body color, and the quagga had a striped color only in front (behind – the chestnut color).
The body length of a quagga zebra is 180 cm.
The habitat of the quagga was South Africa.
Boers (people who inhabited these lands at that time) killed these animals because of their strongest skin.
Also, the quagga is actually the only extinct animal that was domesticated by man and was used to … protect herds of other domestic animals. Quagga zebras, much earlier than other domestic animals, sensed the approach of a predator and warned people with a sonorous “kuaha” cry, from which they got their name.
The last zebra quagga that lived in the wild was killed back in 1878, and in 1883 the world’s population lost the last quagga in the Amsterdam Zoo. All that is left of the quagga is 19 skins, 2-3 photos, and several paintings.
In 1987, with the participation of expert zoologists, veterinarians, breeders, and geneticists, a project was launched to restore the quagga zebra, as a result of long-term work by the selection method, 9 animals of this species were bred, which were placed in the Etosha Park (Namibia).
In January 2005, Henry’s horse finally saw the light – a representative of the third generation of the quagga.
It looked much more like a typical quagga than some of the exhibits in museums made from natural quagga skins.
Scientists are now convinced that the quagga restoration project is successful and that soon the quagga will again inhabit the vastness of South Africa.