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The only living Quagga to be photographed - 1864

The quagga is an extinct subspecies of the zebra, it lived in South Africa. It was distinguished from other zebras by its limited pattern of primarily brown and white stripes, mainly on the front part of the body. The rear was brown and without stripes, and therefore more horse-like.

Since Dutch settlement of South Africa began, the quagga was heavily hunted, and it competed with domesticated animals for forage. While some individuals were taken to zoos in Europe, breeding programs were not successful.

This Quagga lived in London Zoo and was the only Quagga ever photographed alive, although when it died in 1872, there were others living in European zoos and possibly in Africa. The last of all is thought to have died in Amsterdam in 1883. Only this quagga was ever photographed alive and only 23 skins are preserved today.

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