Is The Quagga Coming Back?

The other day, I got mail from Bobs & Bitz. It was a spread from a weekly German newspaper about extinct animals. The lovely Beaverhausen ladies had sent it to my attention because of the animal series at produzentin.com.

As my favourite extinct animal the Tasmanian Tiger (aka Beutelwolf) was featured in the article, I thought I should feature it too. But then, I saw the quagga:

OMG, how cute: the quagga
One of only 5 existing pictures of a living quagga (source)

I already hear you saying: produzentin, are you kiddin’ us? This is just an okapi with the stripes on backwards! Or it’s a zorse! Don’t be foolin’ us, please!
Hold on, hold on, dear readers: The quagga is fo’ real. It has a close relation to the zebra, whereas the closest relative to the okapi is the giraffe. We have to get that family tree straightened out, right?

Anyways, the quagga lived in South Africa and is extinct since 1883. But this is not the end of the story. The Quagga Project aims to reproduce the quagga through back breeding of specific zebra stock. I can’t wait for the quagga to come back.

More on the quagga.

4 comments on “Is The Quagga Coming Back?

  1. Doc Nancy

    oh this quagga project is really exciting. they even think about cloning at a later stage. but the faqs yield a leftdown on the most obvious question in that direction: a quagga cannot be cloned from an old quagga tissue. :-(

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