The recreated quagga: a zebra in disguise? – Re-posted: Kaitlyn Gaynor | Perissodactyla

I agree with Kaitlyn Gaynor:

They are not reviving the quagga, but the idea of a quagga.

Science has given us the ability to “create life”.  But is this the ethical and moral thing to do?  What are the consequences?  I think we begin the descent down a slippery slope when we involve ourselves in these kinds of activities – caution most definitely needed!  According to the article, the Quagga suffered extinction by man’s “greed and short-sightedness … this extinction might be reversible”.  But should we?  What are the environmental and ecological consequences of re-introducing a species?  Is there sufficient habitat to support them (in addition to the existing populations)?  Do we humans engage in these kinds of activities not only because we can but are we also appeasing a guilty conscious?

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Photo credit:  Messybeast at the English language Wikipedia [CC-BY-2.5 (, GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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