Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Quagga: Extant!

Hey guys, thought this would be an interesting video to check out!

In connection with the material we learned about Lazarus species in class, this experiment basically created a man-made version!  Conservationists and scientists are working towards reviving a sub-species of zebra, called a quagga.  These animals used to roam their native South African habitat freely, but were wiped out by colonial hunters in the 19th century.  The final living quagga died in captivity at a zoo in 1883.  The "Quagga Project" has been active for 30 years, selectively cross-breeding zebra with less stripes in an effort to repair the ecological damage done by the hunters.  Looks like they finally did it!


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