Husbandry and breeding of Somali wild ass Equus africanus somalicus at Basel Zoo, Switzerland


  • 1This article is dedicated to Professor Dr Ernst M. Lang on the occasion of his 95th birthday.


Little information is available in English on the keeping and breeding of the rarest equid species, the Critically Endangered Somali wild ass Equus africanus somalicus, in captivity. The husbandry experience gained by Basel Zoo over three decades of keeping this species is summarized with particular emphasis on management, nutrition and health.