The Quagga (Equus quagga quagga) is a type of zebra once very common in South Africa and extinct approximately 200 years ago. Right up to the 17th century, it was one of the most frequently found large mammals. This coincides with the beginning of excessive hunting, as farmers regarded zebras as food competitors of their cattle. Especially South Africa became a hunting Eldorado for the upper classes. Large numbers of animals were shot just for the fun of it.