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Somali Wildass / Equus africanus somalicus

Since the Somali Wildass is nowadays the most endangered equid worldwide, the breeding of this delicate species is of the utmost importance. Due to over hunting, competition with livestock, interbreeding with feral donkeys and habitat destruction, the population numbers in their natural range, the Horn of Africa, have been dramatically reduced in recent decades. They are listed as critically endangered by the IUCN and face an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future. AWWP has started with this species in 2005 with 6 founder animals from different European zoological facilities. 8 foals have been born at AWWP until spring 2009.

 
In April 2008 two unrelated stallions from the European Breeding program (EEP) arrived at AWWP to improve the genetics of the existing stock.


 
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