A Glimpse of What We've Lost: 10 Extinct Animals in Photos

Quagga

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quagga photo

credit: Unknown photographer, 1870s

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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 it was believed the animal was an entirely separate species from the zebra, rather than a subspecies.

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