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Is that a zebra?

No, it's a quagga!

From the Libraries' current exhibition, The Art of African Exploration:

Quaggas were frequently
confused with zebras in early explorers’ accounts. Unlike zebras, a
quagga’s stripes are most distinct on the neck and head, and its coat
is tawny. When first described in 1788, the quagga was regarded as a
separate species. Modern genetic studies indicate that they are likely
related to the plains zebra. Their fewer stripes may be an adaptation
to the open grassland of the south.

Just one of the interesting features in this exhibit on display in the National Museum of Natural History Constitution Avenue lobby until August 2009. —Elizabeth Periale


  1. How strange.I am an absolute nature channel buff and I have never in all my years seen one of these creatures.Learn a lil something new every day!

  2. Ray

    I’ve travelled extensively, but I have never seen, or even heard of a Quagga. I imagine that like the zebra the stripe pattern is unique to each Quagga.

  3. Natasha Rodinova

    I had the pleasure of seeing this animal as an exibit in the natural history museum and it’s astounding! Established websites for sale

  4. was that the color of the animal or is that just the exhibit color?

  5. The Quaggas was a great alone, similar to a Zebra but you can tell it is not quite the same. This was part of the The Art of African Exploration exhibition

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