Equus quagga

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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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