Three Asiatic wild asses

Asian wild ass

Asian wild asses are the most horse-like of the wild ass species. Living on the flat, arid terrain of Syria, Iran and northern India, these beautiful russet-coated creatures are mostly solitary, but always found within 30km of water. Males defend large territories, mating with the females who wander through them. Encounters between the sexes are infrequent, since the sparse habitat doesn't support dense populations. The Mongolian wild ass is the most abundant sub-species, accounting for 80% of the world population.

Scientific name: Equus hemionus

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Asian wild ass taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Asian wild ass can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, China, Indian subcontinent. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Asian wild ass distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Desert Desert
Desert and dry scrubland describes any area that receives less than 250mm of rainfall a year. Not just the endless, baking sand dunes of popular conception, it includes arid areas in temperate regions.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1