These are Somali Wild Asses – a sub-species of African Wild Asses – that used to live right across northern Africa. Now they are critically endangered and only live in the arid plains and mountainous areas of Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea in East Africa.
In the wild, they live in small herds of about a dozen animals. That’s because the terrain where they live is so poor in nutrition that it will only support small herds.
We photographed these in captivity at Marwell Zoo here in England where they are part of an international breeding program. It may be their only hope safeguard against becoming extinct.
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