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2008-08-29 12:00:50

By Denis Cuff The East Bay Regional Park District today plans to begin inspecting all private boats before launching at Del Valle Reservoir in Livermore and Contra Loma Reservoir near Antioch to prevent the spread of destructive quagga and zebra mussels. Boats found with the mussels attached or inside will be turned away from the popular recreational lakes. Beginning July 10, any boat containing standing water will be refused entry. The inspections will be free for one week. Effective...

2008-08-02 15:00:12

By Chris Woodka, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo. Aug. 2--If they're in there, they're still hiding. After nearly 19,000 inspections at Lake Pueblo in the past three months, no new evidence of zebra mussels has surfaced. Periodic sweeps of the lake and others in the state by the Division of Wildlife turned up larvae of quagga mussels at Lake Granby, but nothing so far at Lake Pueblo. That doesn't mean the rangers or wildlife officers will stop looking. "The inspections will continue as...

2008-07-25 18:00:33

By JIM MORRIS OUTDOORS Every once in a while Congress will surprise you and do the right thing. On Tuesday, July 22, after several months of consideration, Congress passed The Clean Boating Act of 2008, which keeps all boaters from paying an unfair tax to the EPA. I was beginning to wonder, since the deadline for such action would have been Sept. 30. Now all that has to happen is for the president to sign the legislation into law. That should happen without a hitch, since both...

2008-07-20 12:00:26

By Brooke Edwards, Daily Press, Victorville, Calif. Jul. 20--SPRING VALLEY LAKE -- Spring Valley Lake is taking precautions to prevent the spread of the damaging quagga mussel, recently found attached to the hull of a boat as close as Big Bear. "It's not an issue now, and that is the reason we started implementing preventative methods," said Osmar Castro, general manager of Spring Valley Lake Association. Quaggas are filter feeders which reproduce quickly and can destroy the natural...

2008-07-16 09:00:00

By Ed Dentry It's getting creepier by the minute out there. To the nightmare cauldron of invasive species that have made inroads into the state's waters, we now add quagga mussels. The Colorado Division of Wildlife said Tuesday that biologists have found quagga mussel larvae in Lake Granby. DNA tests performed by the DOW and the Bureau of Reclamation confirmed the invasive mussel's presence. Quagga mussels are slightly larger cousins of zebra mussels, which have spurred a rash of boat...

2008-07-04 09:00:23

By Bill Scanlon Elliot the Grevy's zebra took a stand for his endangered species, getting up on all four of his wobbly feet just an hour after he was born at the Denver Zoo. Zoo officials are celebrating the June 27 birth, saying it is a triumph for the species survival plan. There are fewer than 2,000 Grevy's zebras in the wild - they're found only in northern Kenya and southeastern Ethiopia, and their habitat is shrinking. Grevy's zebras differ from other zebras by their longer...

2008-07-01 09:00:05

The Amsterdam police said 15 camels, two zebras and an undetermined number of llamas and potbellied swine briefly escaped from a traveling Dutch circus yesterday after a giraffe kicked a hole in their cage. Police spokesman Arnout Aben said the animals wandered in a group through a nearby neighborhood for several hours after their 5:30 a.m. breakout. The animals were back at the circus later in the day after being rounded up by police and circus workers with the assistance of dogs. Aben...

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2008-06-24 18:15:00

WASHINGTON -- Researchers told lawmakers Tuesday that they may have two new weapons against the quagga mussel, an invasive mollusk that clogs municipal water pipes, takes food from native species and may even stimulate the deadly bacteria that cause botulism. The thumbnail-sized mussel has a high reproduction rate and no natural predators, and it's a big and growing worry in the Great Lakes, the Colorado River, Lake Havasu and Lake Mead. More recently, quagga mussels have turned up in...

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2008-06-04 12:00:00

Central California lakes and waterways are being threatened by tiny mollusk invaders that pose as hitchhikers. Because quagga and zebra mussels are spread primarily through human-related activities, the Department of Fish and Game is asking for cooperation from boaters to prevent these destructive species from gaining a foothold in the San Joaquin Valley. Many other areas of the state have been on high alert since last fall, when quagga mussels were discovered in numerous places along the...

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2006-06-03 09:05:00

CASTLE DALE, Utah -- Raising zebras is hardly as simple as black and white. The striped equines are still wild animals at heart, leaving only a few patient and experienced breeders that offer the animals for a small market of exotic animal collectors, petting zoos or people who just want a zebra. "Not everybody in town has one. Everybody in town should have one," breeder Duane Gilbert says with a grin. "They're neat." They're also quite temperamental, so maybe not everybody is ready for one....


Latest Zebras Reference Libraries

Plains Zebra, Equus quagga
2012-06-27 13:47:30

The plains zebra (Equus quagga) is native to Africa, and is the most common zebra found. Its range extends from southern Ethiopia to East Africa, with a southern range including Angola and eastern South Africa. Its other common names include Burchell’s zebra and the common zebra. The plains zebra holds six recognized subspecies including Grant’s zebra and the maneless zebra. The plains zebra and the mountain zebra are classified in the subgenus Hippotigris and appear to be more...

Mountain Zebra, Equus zebra
2012-06-18 16:36:00

The mountain zebra (Equus zebra) is native to the southwestern areas of Namibia, Angola, and South Africa. It prefers a habitat within mountainous areas, woodlands, open grasslands, or areas with abundant plant life at elevations of up to 3,300 feet. The diet of this zebra consists of buds, roots, fruits, bark, and tufted grass within its small range. The classification of the mountain zebra and its subspecies is debatable. Previously a subspecies within the subgenus Hippotigris, the Cape...

Grevy’s Zebra, Equus grevyi
2012-05-28 16:09:29

Grevy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi) is the largest wild equid in existence today. It is also known as the imperial zebra. It is the most endangered of all species of zebra. Named after Jules Grevy, this zebra can be found in Ethiopia, but mainly in Kenya. At one time, Grevy’s zebra roamed Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia, but its populations have dwindled and now reside in small areas in northern Kenya, and a few small areas in Ethiopia. In 1882, a French naturalist named Émile Oustalet...

Burchell’s Zebra, Equus quagga burchellii
2012-05-18 14:05:30

Burchell’s zebra (Equus quagga burchellii) is a subspecies of the plains zebra, and its range extends from the northwest from southern Botswana to Etosha and the Kaokoveld. Its southeastern range includes Swaziland and Kwazulu-Natal. This zebra has become extinct in the middle areas of its range, surviving in the southeastern and northwestern areas. Burchell’s zebra, as with other zebras, have densely populated the plains of Africa. However, it was thought that by 1910 no wild...

Grant’s Zebra, Equus quagga boehmi
2012-05-08 14:17:34

Grant’s zebra (Equus quagga boehmi) are among the six subspecies of the plains zebra, and the smallest of them. This zebra is from the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. Its range extends from Zambia, west of the Luangwa River, west to Kariba, Shaba Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its northern range extends to Kibanzao Plateau. In Tanzania, its range extends from Nyangaui and Kibwezi in the north and south into southwestern Kenya and can go as far south as Sotik. Grant’s zebra...

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'