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Somali Wild Ass

(engl: Somali Wild Ass)

The last survivors

The Somali Wild Ass is considered the ancestral form of all domestic species. Of the three subspecies, only the Somali Wild Ass survived. They are one of the rarest animals in the world. They are almost extinct in the wild. The worldwide population is  estimated to only total about 400 animals.

In striped socks through the desert

The Somali Wild Ass has characteristic zebra-like striped legs. As extremely frugal animals, they have adapted perfectly to life in the desert. When looking for food, they are not fussy. They rarely search for water.

Somali-Wildesel
Verbreitungsgebiet: Somali-Wildesel
Verbreitungsgebiet: Somali-Wildesel
Scientific Surname Equus africanus somalicus
Order Perissodactyla
Family Horses
Size Shoulder height 125-145 cm
Weight 300 kg
Reproduction gestation period: 12 month, 1 subadult
Distribution Somalia, Ethiopia
Habitat semi-desert, rock desert
Food Grass, Bark, Leaves
Livestock highly endangered

News

Wieder Nachwuchs bei kritisch bedrohter Pferdeart

Bei den Somalischen Wildeseln gab es nach einer vierjährigen Pause wieder Nachwuchs im Tiergarten der Stadt Nürnberg. Der siebenjährige Hengst Derrick, der 2015 in den Tiergarten kam, wurde zwar zuerst von den Stuten nicht akzeptiert, im letzten Jahr aber offensichtlich doch.

 

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