Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The A - Z April Challenge: Q

Q is for Equus Quagga

 Equus quagga is the binomial name for the Plains zebra. This zebra is also known as the Common or Burchell’s zebra.
These beautiful creatures have always fascinated people. They have been the subject of African Folk tales, they appear in films and art, and of course their stripes show up in furniture, carpets and fashion.

Thought to attract good fortune, the zebra is also popular as a mascot and is even featured on the Botswana coat of arms.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Q is also for Equus Quagga Quagga

The Quagga is a recently extinct mammal, closely related to zebras and horses. It was brown in colour with white stripes only on its head, neck and forebody, with the hind end being a solid colour.
Quaggas lived in the desert areas of the African continent but were exterminated from the wild in the 1870s, with the last captive quagga dying in Europe a decade later.
Photo by Google
For more A - Z posts, be sure to pop by Arlee Bird's site and see what others have done with the letter Q...


Debra She Who Seeks said...

The Quagga looks really top-heavy with that enormous head and neck on such a tiny body.

adrielleroyale said...

Wow, I never even knew the Quagga quagga sad that it is no longer present. :( beautiful shots, I think Zebras are so interesting. :)

Jo said...

What STUNNING pictures, Lynette. Wow, you really captured this beautiful animal. I heard (somewhere - would have to confirm it!) that no two zebras have the same stripes. Amazing. Have a wonderfully blessed Easter, my friend. (((hugs))Jo

Kay L. Davies said...

Fabulous zebra photos, Lynette. And, yes, so sad about the quagga. Every time I hear of another extinct animal, I want to weep for our planet.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

jabblog said...

Ooh, quaggas - how sad that we shall never see them! Beautiful photos, as ever, Lynette:-)

Robyn Campbell said...

I love zebras. Love these photos. Stunning, just stunning. And the quaggas, I will never see them, down here, anyway. :-)

I wish I could take photos like you.

Katy Cameron said...

Aww, I love zebras. Following on from the giraffes, I have a photo of a zebra sticking its tongue out at me. Come to think of it, it was the same park as the giraffe with his tongue up his nose, only a few feet away. They must have been trading photo tips...

Pat said...

Zebras are such elegant creatures with their striking black-and-white stripes. What a pity about the Quagga. It seems that species continue to go extinct, yet no new ones are appearing.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh am sorry that the quaggas are no more. They were so cute. Clever girl, you found some Q's after all!

Ella said...

Great post; You win for most inventive and unique!
Sad...they are so special n' unique~