Say it with a quagga

5 05 2008

Love is in the air - set of 4 cute kitsch notecards and envelopes

Check out these adorable notecards from Etsy seller EnfinLaVoila: “This is a Photoshop montage I made with antique baroque prints. Can you resist?” You know you can’t. Get ‘em here.

(“But Defrost, what’s a quagga?”)

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Meet Eclyse

28 06 2007

Zorse

This gorgeous zorse lives at a safari park at Schloss Holte Stukenbrock, near the German border with Holland, where she has her own enclosure. How she came about

(Hat tip to raincoaster!)

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Oh, come ON

9 05 2007

That's really convincing. NOT.

From Spluch:

The owner of this “Zebra” claims that it’s from Africa and was charging 5 bucks per ride. Many parents claim that from one look they can tell that it’s a white horse with black stripes painted on it, but they don’t complain since their children are having a great time.

I suppose it’s harmless so long as everyone’s happy…

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The photography of Tim Flach

20 03 2007

Tim Flach’s homepage

Horse tongue

Two more pics after the jump.

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Quagga? Qu’est-ce que c’est?

18 02 2007

Quagga

The quagga is a now-extinct subspecies of the plains (Burchell’s) zebra. According to Wiki, it “was once found in great numbers in South Africa‘s Cape Province and the southern part of the Orange Free State. It was distinguished from other zebras by having the usual vivid marks on the front part of the body only. In the mid-section, the stripes faded and the dark, inter-stripe spaces became wider, and the hindquarters were a plain brown. The name comes from a Khoikhoi word for zebra and is onomatopoeic, being said to resemble the quagga’s call.”

The extinction of the quagga

“The extermination of the Quagga” by Franz Roubal 1931. Oil on Canvas

How were they related to horses, and other zebras? This diagram shows how horses, asses (donkeys) and zebras split off in their evolution (click to enlarge):

Image source: Stephen Budiansky, The Nature of Horses: Exploring Equine Evolution, Intelligence, and Behavior (1997).

If you’d like a more technical answer, have at it: “A rapid loss of stripes: the evolutionary history of the extinct quagga“, Leonard et al., Biology Letters: Biol. Lett. (2005) 1, 291-295 DOI: 10/1098/rsbl.2005.0323.

Extinction may not be forever, though; the Quagga Project aims to recreate the quagga through selective breeding of Plains zebras, and over 120 foals have been bred towards this goal. A colt named Henry, foaled in 2005, is their most quagga-esque foal so far and is the product of three generations of careful breeding.

Henry

He’s not quite there yet; there is still some striping on his hocks, a feature not exhibited on skin specimens in museums, so the quest continues. Similar “breeding back” attempts have also been made with tarpans, which I’ll feature in a future post (along with onagers and kulans). Need a reason to keep you coming back, after all… ;)

Cryptomundo has a few entries on quaggas.

Yup, we got stamps.

Netherlands

Micronesia





Budweiser 2003 Super Bowl

5 02 2007


This is why I follow soccer instead.





Jumping zebra

26 12 2006

Jumping zebra

This photo of a man and zebra was taken in East Africa in 1890; doesn’t look like it was a pleasant experience for either of them! Link (via Neatorama)








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