The last quagga to be photographed was in a London zoo in 1870, and no one knows precisely when the species became extinct, because no one knew precisely that it was a species different from the zebra. Only when DNA science was applied in recent times did the difference become clear.
For my savannah biome poem I have created a conversation between an ostrich and a giraffe in an imaginary London wild animal park.
the ostrich reached her head up
the giraffe tilted his down
“have you heard about the quagga?
asked the ostrich with a frown
“an only-semi-stripey zebra,
who lived the other side of town?”
“indeed,” the giraffe nodded,
“so I have heard,
but why do you ask?
she wasn’t a bird”
“no, but what happened to her could happen to us:
she went quite extinct with nary a fuss,
nobody noticed, and nobody cared,
no one, not even Greenpeace was there!”