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Somali Wild Ass

Somali Wild Ass
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Somali Wild Ass
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Equidae
Genus: Equus
Species: E. africanus
Subspecies: E. a. somaliensis
Trinomial name
Equus africanus somaliensis
(Noack, 1884)[1]
  • Asinus taeniopus var. Somaliensis Noack, 1884
  • Equus asinus somalicus Sclater, 1884[2]

The Somali Wild Ass (Equus africanus somaliensis)[3] is a subspecies of the African Wild Ass. It was found in the Southern Red Sea region of Eritrea, the Afar Region of Ethiopia, and Somalia. The legs of the Somali wild Ass are horizontally striped with black, resembling those of a zebra.


Around the world about 150 individuals live in zoos. One of the leading zoos for breeding this rare donkey is the Zoo Basel, Switzerland. Since 1970, 35 Somali Wild Asses were born in Basel and, as of September 2009, the zoo has a stallion and three adult females with their offspring.[4]


  1. (German) Noack Th. (1884). "Neues aus der Tierhandlung von Karl Hagenbeck, sowie aus dem Zoologischen Garten in Hamburg". Der Zoologische Garten 25: 100-115.
  2. Sclater P. L. (1884). "On some mammals from Somali-land". Proceedings of the Scientific Meetings of the Zoological Society of London 1884: 538-542, pls. 49-50.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Groves C. P. & Smeenk C. (June 2007). "The nomenclature of the African wild ass". Zoologische Mededelingen 81(1). HTM, PDF
  4. "NACHWUCHS BEI DEN SELTENEN SOMALI-WILDESELN (rare Somali offspring)". Zoo Basel. http://www.zoobasel.ch/aktuell/detail.php?NEWSID=137&PHPSESSID=ff398c9c21165c4aa3d3d0eebaec7a40. 

  • Moehlman, P.D. (ed). 2002. Equids: Zebras, Asses, and Horses: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan. IUCN/SCC Equid Specialist Group, IUCN (The World Conservation Union), Gland Switzerland and Cambridge.

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