Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Indian Wild Ass

Although it is famous for tigers, India has a lot of other species which are also quite rare and endangered.  One of them is the Indian Wild Ass.  The wild ass once had a huge range, but now the only place it survives is in the middle of India on the far west coast, in an area of vast salt plains known as the Little Rann of Kutch.  Little Rann of Kutch is a UNESCO world heritage site.  It's hard to believe that anything can survive in this desert like area, but depending on who you ask, there are between 2,000 and 4,000 wild ass left in the world, all surviving on small patches of scrub in the vast salt plains.  The wild ass doesn't get the press that some of the other endangered species do, but it is an interesting animal and of course I love all equines!!! 

Females live in small groups and males are loners, similar to zebra. 

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