Quagga Fact Sheet

Common Name:


Scientific Name:

Equus Quagga Quagga

Wild Status:





South Africa



Life Span:




Cool Facts:

  • Stripes are found only on the front, unlike other zebras who are striped throughout
  • While most zebras are black with white stripes, Quaggas were brown with a few lighter stripes
  • Like most equidae, Quaggas were pack animals that lived together in groups of 40 or more
  • Although said to have been more docile and gentle than most zebras, they were still considered too wild to tame or domesticate.
  • However, some individual specimens were used to pull carriages or displayed in zoos
  • They were the first extinct species to have its DNA examined


Originally, Quagga was a general term for all sorts of zebras in South Africa. Nowadays, the name refers to an extinct sub species of the more common Plains Zebra, which is alive and well. Colonization brought about farmers, who hunted the Quaggas for their fur and meat, in addition to preserving grass for goats and sheep. Because they were a subspecies, efforts have been made to breed Plains Zebras until Quaggas can be recreated. However, the validity of this project is often questioned, as it may be closer to mimicry than resurrection

Taxonomic Breakdown:

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Perissodactyla Family: Equidae Genus: Equus Species: E. quagga Subspecies: E. q. quagga

Conservation & Helping:

This subspecies of zebra has been extinct since the late 19th century

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