The Birth and Death of the Quagga
- Discovered in 1778
- Became extinct on August 12, 1883
Location and Initial Population Size
- The Quaggas were found in the Southern part of the free state of Southern Africa and Karroo.
- Most of the Quaggas had lived in Arid temperatures, however some lived in wetter pastures.
- They never could specify the initial popilation size.
Behavior and Ecology
- They eat, sleep, and socialize like any other animal, but they spend most of their time eating.
- They tend to gather in herds of 30 to 50 at a time.
- They were really social.
- For example They interacted with other animals like ostrich and wildebeests.
- These relations usually benefited both parties.
These were what these beautiful creatures once looked like back in the day.
Fun fact: People used to think that Quaggas was its own species but later people found out it was a subspecies of the Plain Zebra.
Causes Of extinction
- Their main cause of extinction was because they got killed by hunters.
- They were for their fur and meat.
- The hunters didn't realize that they had killed an entire species before it was too late.
- There was animals that killed the Quaggas, but that was nothing compared to the deadly hunters.
Prevention Of Extinction
- The hunters could have realized that they were killing way to many off and stopped killing them.
- The hunters could have put a limit of the amount of zebras that could have been killed.
- They could have also put a hunting season for the Quaggas instead of them being hunted year around.
- Zoos could have got more Quaggas for amusement for kids and others,so people could see how Quaggas are and less could have been killed.
Ecological Affect Of Extinction
- There was a lack of food for their predators such as tigers, lions, Nile crocodiles, and other predators.
- The food that Quaggas ate were more abundant after the extinction.
- The hunters were not able to obtain their fur, leather, and meat which would make the economy worse.
- This would mean loss of jobs for the hunters and the people who sell the meat and fur of the zebras.
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