The Somali wild ass from the Horn of Africa is one of the rarest wild equids in the world with less than animals thought to exist in widely scattered herds. Few protective measures are in place for the wild population and the remaining animals are fragmented and dangerously dwindling. The Somali or African wild ass lives in small herds in the hot desert grasslands of the Horn of Africa. One of the smallest of the true wild horses equids the Somali wild ass has striking grayish coat coloration with contrasting zebra-like fine, black stripes on their legs.
There are only of the critically endangered donkeys currently left in Africa. On Tuesday, the zoo introduced its two new residents, half-sisters Kalila and Naima, on Facebook. The beautiful, bucking girls were born just 10 days apart to mama wild asses Liberty and Hani. Their father, Abai, was brought over in from the Basel Zoo in Switzerland to help bring a new bloodline of asses to the U. The animals are herbivores and have a life expectancy of 40 years. She was born weighing 65 pounds — 14 pounds heavier than Naima.
VIDEO: Wild Somali Baby Asses Are Super Rare, Totally Precious and a First for the Dallas Zoo
For the first time in the history of the Miami Zoo, a critically endangered Somali Wild Ass was born. This celebrated event took place late this summer. The Somali Wild Ass is critically endangered…. So cute!
Reservations are required to visit. The Somali wild ass is one of three subspecies types of African wild ass. Overall, the species is the smallest of the wild equids horses, asses, and zebras. A typical African wild ass stands about four feet at the shoulder and weighs about pounds. To put it in perspective, the average Grevy's zebra stands five feet at the shoulder and weighs pounds.