African wild ass


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Related to African wild ass: genus Equus, Equus asinus, Equus hemionus
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a wild ass of Africa

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Donkeys originated in the North African deserts originally working in turquoise mines and are a descendant of the African Wild Ass.
The African wild ass at right lives in Somalia, in East Africa.
In the new study, scientists traced the family trees of the domestic donkey using samples from living animals, skeletons of African wild ass held in museums worldwide and isolated donkey bones from African archaeological sites.
This is the first study to determine the African wild ass, which includes the Nubian strain, is the ancestor of the domestic donkey.
There are small numbers of the Somali subspecies of the African wild ass in zoos and wildlife preserves, and about 600 still exist in the wild in Eritrea and Ethiopia, but the Nubian subspecies was last seen in the Red Sea Hills of Sudan late in the 20th century.
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