The African wild ass or African wild donkey Equus africanus is a wild member of the horse family, Equidae. It formerly had a wider range north and west into Sudan , Egypt , and Libya. About individuals exist in the wild. The African wild ass is 2 metres 6. The short, smooth coat is a light grey to fawn colour, fading quickly to white on the undersides and legs. There is a slender, dark dorsal stripe in all subspecies , while in the Nubian wild ass E.
The African wild ass is a critically endangered species of donkey found around the Horn of Africa. Its former range included Egypt, Sudan, and Libya, but persecution for meat and hide have reduced their population to a mere few hundreds. Wild African Ass. Size : The African wild ass is around 6. Color : They have a fawn to light grey smooth and short coat, which fades to white around the undersides. There is a rigid, upright and black-tipped mane on the nape of the neck. Their large ears are bordered with black.
The same study by an international group of researchers suggests that a subspecies, the Nubian wild ass, thought to have vanished, might have survived after all. The critically endangered African wild ass—which today exists only in small numbers in eastern Africa, zoos, and wildlife preserves—is the living ancestor of the modern donkey, according to the University of Florida UF. Donkeys were domesticated by mobile, pastoral people who had to recruit animals to help them survive the harsh Saharan landscape in northern Africa more than 5, years ago, say scientists who published their findings this week in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Researchers sorted through the most comprehensive sampling of mitochondrial DNA ever assembled from ancient, historic, and living specimens to make the ancestral connection, Mulligan says. Scientists traced the family trees of the domestic donkey using samples from living animals, skeletons of African wild ass held in museums worldwide and isolated donkey bones from African archaeological sites.
Donkeys are large mammals, belonging to the family Equidae. These animals originate the African wild ass. During the last 5, years, they have been commonly used as important working animals.