TIBETAN WILD ASS/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus


DESCRIPTION: The Kiang is bigger and more ruddy than the Khur. It has a
longer and thicker muzzle, and the head is proportionately larger. The body is
darker chestnut–brown with white venters. The mane is dark as in the Khur but longer, and the dorsal stripe is dark but narrow, extending all the way from neck to tail. The tail is longer with the tuft of hairs not being restricted only to the tip as in the Khur. The hooves are rounded and broad like those of horses, black in colour, and circled around the fetlock by a thin black band. The tips of the ears are black. The Western Kiang is slightly darker and larger than the Southern Kiang.

BEHAVIOUR: It is known to scrape on soft mud as a territorial marking. It coexists with other ungulates and is even tolerant of wolves, but it flees rapidly if a Snow Leopard or humans come into view.

DISTRIBUTION: The trans-Himalayan eastern plateaus of Ladakh district of
Jammu & Kashmir, and Sikkim.
Recently reported from the trans Himalayan region of Uttarakhand.

HABITAT: High open plateau, hill, and valley in trans-Himalayan cold deserts. Found from valley bottoms to higher altitude pastures during the summer and only in valley bottoms in the winters.

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Size: 132–214 cm; 

Weight: 250–400 kg


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