Thursday, 19 September 2013

News from the Quagga Project 2013

According to their report of August 2013, the Quagga Project has 89 animals on 10 locations. Two foals have been born this year, which seemingly are of good quality:

One of the foals born in 2013 (photo by Quagga Project)
Another foal born in 2013 (photo by Quagga Project)
In their report they also show a genealogical tree of one of their F4 individuals called Mary, which has almost completely stripeless legs. According to the project, HN12 (F4 individual) is the most Quagga-like animal they have so far. As far as I can see, most Rau zebras born between 2010 and now are about as good as these two individuals. Zebras mature later than domestic horses (mares at about the age of 2, stallions 4 years), so we’ll have to wait a bit until we see the offspring of the animals linked down below. I’m really looking forward to see the Rau zebras of 2020!

HN12 (photo by Quagga Project)
"Mary", another F4 Rau zebra (photo by Quagga Project)
I’ll do some Quagga artwork soon, meanwhile here are photos of the Quagga specimen that I took at the Senkenberg museum, Germany (I have one from Berlin too, but that one is too dark):

1 comment:

  1. It's great to see the successes of this project. I look forward to seeing if they can get a bit more brown coloration into the coat.

    It hope the Tauros Project will be as successful as the Quagga Project. I'd like to see more objective measurements used in aurochs back breeding, similar to the objective measurements used for Quagga back breeding.