What means “Kwagga“ ??

The word "Kwagga" is in the Afrikaans language the general designation for zebras. The spelling in other languages is usually "Quagga". The word originates from the Hottentottslaguage and has his origin in the call of the Quaggas ( kwa ha ha ..), which were, in former times, the most common zebras in the south of Africa.

The zoologist knows four species:

  • Quagga (Equus quagga quagga), 1878 extincted.
  • Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi)
  • Plain Zebra (Equus burchelli)
       - Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchelli burchelli)
       - Chapman's Zebra (Equus burchelli antiquorum)
       - Selous's Zebra (Equus burchelli selousi)
       - Boehm's Zebra (Equus burchelli boehmi)
       - Grant's Zebra (Equus burchelli granti)
  • Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra)
       - Hartmann's Zebra (Equus zebra hartmannae)
       - Cape Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra zebra)

  • Equus quagga quagga
    Equus quagga quagga
    Equus zebra zebra
    Equus zebra zebra

    In the wild the zebrapopulation - if they are not already eradicated - has been decreased , in 1913 for example, still exists only 27 Cape Mountain Zebras. At the eleventh hour, the Bergkwagga Nasionale Park (Mountain Zebra National Park) was foundet with only five stallions and a mare, for the salvation of this subspecies nearby Cradock/South Africa. After initial problems, the population has increased to more than 200 animals, which now lives with a lot of other animals in one of the most beautiful South African National Park. Up to the minute is the "Quagga-Project", which has the goal to bring back the extincted Quaggas to the plains.

    Yes, and if you have ever seen these animals, full of the joys of live and high spirited in the wild, it might no riddle for you why this domain ist called www.kwagga.de.

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