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Somali Wild Ass


Little Rock Zoo is home to two Somali wild ass stallions.  

  • The species is the smallest of the wild equids (horses, asses, and zebras).
  • They may be small, but they're fast: African wild asses have been clocked at 30 miles per hour.
  • In the 16th century, the Spanish brought domesticated African wild asses to the southwestern United States. The descendants of those animals -- best known as burros -- still roam through the Southwest.
  • Check out those legs! They do have one outstanding feature: the horizontal stripes on their legs. With legs like that, it's no surprise these animals are closely related to zebras.

Conserve one of the most endangered mammals on earth.  All subspecies of the African wild ass (including the Somali wild ass) are critically endangered. This means they face an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. Little Rock Zoo participates in a Species Survival Plan for equids to help keep these species alive and well.  This species is one of the top 100 (#66) EDGE Species (Evolutionarily Distinct, Globally Endangered) – fewer than 600 survive in the wild. Please join our efforts to secure a future for this endangered species by donating to our conservation fund.

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