Interbreeding with free-ranging domestic asses led to the extinction, in Roman times, of the wild ass in Algeria. The wild ass in Nubia and the eastern Sudan probably ceased to exist as recently as 30 years ago. However, some 2,000 animals survive in Ethiopia and approximately 250 in Somalia, where they live in very dry, stony areas. Competition with domestic stock for sparse grazing land is a limiting factor in the animal’s survival.
The Wild Ass”