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13 animals hunted to extinction

By: Bryan Nelson on May 6, 2011, 12:45 p.m.
Drawing of a Quagga

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They may look like some sort of a hybrid cross between a zebra and a horse, but these majestic animals were actually a unique variety of plains zebra once common in Southern Africa.

Targeted mostly because of their unique and beautiful hides, quaggas were wiped out by hunters by the 1870s. The last captive Quagga, a mare, died Aug. 12, 1883 in Amsterdam Zoo.

In early 2016, a team of scientists in Cape Town, South Africa, used DNA and selective breeding to breed animals that look nearly identical, reports HNGN. The group, called the Quagga Project, says the key to its success was genetic analysis.