African Wild Ass

By Coltyn Bunton

Basic Info.

Name:African Wild Ass

Scientific Name:Equus Africanus

Threat Level: Critically Endangered

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Ecology

Biome:Desert/plains

Habitat within the Biome:Anywhere that has vegetation.

Geographical region: African Wild Ass's live in the Sudan,Ethiopia,Somalia,Egypt and Libya

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Community Interations

Mutualistic-The Ass's benefit from plants by gaining nutrients,and potentially water from the plants. The plants benefit because what goes in...must go out. So the seeds that the ass eats reaches the ground and makes more plants,also manure is good for the soil and is a perfect fertilizer in the wild.

Feeding Relationships

The African Wild Ass is a herbivore and they mainly eat grass,bark,leaves and even thorny acacia bushes.They are known for their tough stomachs.

Human Interactions.

The Wild Asses are more endangered because of humans than they are of other animals in Africa.Humans have hunted and killed these creatures to the point of near extinction.Only 526 Asses live out in the wild.Also cross breeding with other domestic animals has lowered their numbers. The African Wild Asses are hunted for food and traditional medicines.

DNA/Cell reproduction

African Wild Asses are mammals thus they reproduce sexually.They go through Mitosis to set the basis of making another Ass. Horses in general go through Mitosis to create their offspring.

Evolution

Taxonomy:Animalia;Chordata;Mammalia;Perissodactyla;Hippomorpha;Equidae

African Wild Ass is one of thousands of breeds of Equidae,because they include horses,donkeys and Zebras. African Wild Asses have some of the strongest stomachs of any living animal so they can eat thorn bushes,bark and other substances. Their teeth also play a major role in their daily life. Their teeth specialize in grinding which is essential in the wild because of the grasses they eat which protect themselves from grazers.

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Citations

Glenn, C. R. 2006. "Earth's Endangered Creatures - African Wild Ass Facts" (Online). Accessed 5/17/2016 at http://earthsendangered.com/profile.asp?sp=13&ID=1.


Moehlman, P.D., Kebede, F. & Yohannes, H. 2015. Equus africanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T7949A45170994. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-2.RLTS.T7949A45170994.en.