African Wild Ass Facts!

Equus africanus somaliensis

African Wild Ass Facts!

Equus africanus somaliensis
Somali wild ass (Equus africanus somaliensis) at the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park, California. Photo by Ericj cc3.0

Small Ass

The African Wild Ass is the smallest member of the horse family. They live in rocky terrains and desert-like areas. They have an excellent sense of hearing due to their large ears. The ears also radiate heat to keep the animal cool. They can manage without water for a few days by hydrating themselves from the food they eat grass, bark and leaves, until they find water.

Loud Ass

The wild asses are very loud. Their bray can be heard from a distance of 3km, this is also effective for communication with other asses. The males are loudest during mating season. They also prefer to come out when the air is cooler, often during dawn and dusk, while sheltering during the day.

Smelly Ass

These asses lay piles of dung around their territory to mark it as theirs. They mark about 23 square kilometers of land, that’s a lot of dung, and since this is a large area the wild assess have to endure other assess that trespass into their terrain. They keep the intruders at a long distance from themselves and their females.

Speedy Ass

They can kick from both the front and hind legs to defend themselves. They tend to investigate a potential threat before taking action. African Wild Assess can run at speeds of up to 43mph.

African wild asses are featured in the following book:
25 Endangered Animals

The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about African wild asses. Details of the videos featured are underneath.

The Playlist:

  1. African Wild Ass by Dave Laliberte
  2. Wild Ass: The Motion Picture by TooManyUrkels
  3. African Wild Ass zebra donkey by WNQLdotcom
  4. African Wild Ass PSA by Augusto Ramirez
  5. ARKive African wild ass video Equus africanus by Mohamed Ahmed


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