TAXONOMY
Equus africanus Heuglin and Fitzinger, 1866, Atbara River, Sudan.

OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Somali wild ass, Nubian wild ass, Abyssinian wild ass; French: Ane sauvage; German: Wildesel.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Body size 78.7 in (200 cm); shoulder peak 49.2 in (125 cm); weight 615 lb (280 kg). Is a medium-sized, long-eared, long-legged, hoofed ungulate, with a brief shiny coat that's tan to grey in coloration with white stomach and chest. The mane is erect, pale in coloration with a darkish edge. The muzzle is white with grey between and across the nostrils and on the lips. There is a stripe down the again. The Somali subspecies, E. africanus somaliensis, has leg stripes and infrequently a shoulder stripe. The Nubian subspecies, E. africanus africanus, has a shoulder stripe, however no leg stripes.

DISTRIBUTION
Within the final 20 years its historic vary has been decreased by greater than 90%. They are at present present in low density in Eritrea and Ethiopia. Small populations might persist in Somalia and Sudan.

HABITAT
They stay in excessive desert circumstances (lower than 7.eight in [less than 200 mm] of rainfall), largely within the rift valley of the Horn of Africa. They vary from under sea degree to roughly 2,000 ft (700 m). The substrate can range from sandy soil to lava rock. Like all wild equids, they want to have entry to water and it's estimated that through the dry season they keep inside 18.6 mi (30 km) of everlasting water sources.

BEHAVIOR
Lives in small momentary teams which are sometimes composed of fewer than 5 people. The solely secure teams are composed of a feminine and her offspring. In momentary teams, the ####and age-group construction varies from single-#### grownup teams to blended teams of women and men of all ages. Adult males sometimes are solitary, however once in a while affiliate with different males. Adult females had been normally related to their foal and/or yearling. Some grownup males are territorial and solely territorial males have been noticed copulating with estrous females.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
They feed totally on out there grasses, however may even make the most of browse.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY
Probably polygamous. Polyestrous, and most foals are born through the wet season from October–February. A couple of females have produced foals each different 12 months, however different females have surviving foals at longer inter-birth intervals. Females haven't been noticed to produce their first foal earlier than the age of 5 years. Natality is strongly correlated with rainfall through the earlier 12-month interval. Gestation is roughly 12 months.

CONSERVATION STATUS
Critically Endangered, with a 90% discount in vary within the final 20 years. Major threats are trying to find food and medication, potential competitors for water and forage with home livestock, and potential interbreeding with home donkeys.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
In some areas the place they happen, they're used for meat and medication. In Eritrea, they're conserved by the native Afar pastoralists as an essential a part of the pure setting.


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