Also know as donkey of the family Equidae, which includes also the horse and the zebra. The domestic ass was probably derived from two wild species, E. africanus and E. somalicus both native to Africa and sometimes classified as constituting the subgenus Asinus. Other species of wild asses are found in Asia. The wild ass is hunted for its flesh, considered superior to venison, and for its skin, which is used to make leather called shagreen. The wild ass if well treated is an intelligent and enduring pack animal. The ass play a major role as a pack animal in opening the U.S. So it is needed. How can we help repopulate the ass?
Ass, African wild- Habitat loss, poaching, interbreeding with domestic donkeys.