Quagga scatter in panic after one was darted during a relocation exercise. Scientists in South Africa are in the process of trying to 'recreate' the quagga, which became extinct in 1883. The animal was originally believed to be its own species, but as naturalists and explorers began describing more equine 'species', noting that no two zebras were alike, the quagga was reclassified as a subspecies. This being the case, although the original quagga may be extinct, through a process of selective breeding, something similar may exist in the future. The name comes from a Khoikhoi word for zebra and is onomatopoeic, being said to resemble the quagga's call..