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Quagga-like zebras

Quagga-like zebras

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TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Quagga zebras. Pair of selectively bred quagga- like zebras (Equus quagga antiquorum), displaying a lack of hind stripes and darker body colouring. The quagga is an extinct subspecies of zebra, a type of wild horse. Unlike other zebras whose stripes cover their body, the quagga only had stripes on the head, neck and forebody. It became extinct in 1883, following intensive hunting. Recent genetic tests of zebras, including quagga remains in museums, has shown that there is little difference between the quagga and the present day plains zebra. A selective breeding programme, started in 1990 by Reinhold Rau in South Africa, has attempted to breed quagga-like zebras.

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