- FamilyHorses (Equidae)
- Weight250 – 400 kg
- HabitatMountainous steppes, deserts and semi-deserts
Life at high altitude
Kiangs are native to the Tibetan Plateau, where they live at altitudes of 2,700 to 5,300 m. In summer, they roam the mountainous steppes and desert landscapes to fi nd food, either individually or in small groups. In bad weather, they retreat to lower-lying regions.
Summer coat, winter coat
Kiangs undergo a coat change during the summer months to adapt to the warmer temperatures of their habitat. They have a chestnut brown coat, which changes to a short reddish brown in summer and a long darker brown in winter. The wild ass’ weight also varies with the seasons. During the summer they gain up to 40 kg to survive the harsh, barren winter.
The kiang is closely related to the Asiatic wild ass. However, it is actually a descendant of African wild asses, not Asian.
Hellabrunn Zoo participates in the European Endangered Species Programmes