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Kiang Range Map (Asia)
Kiang Range Map (Asia)
Latin Name Equus Kiang
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Asia
Colour Brown
Length 2.1 m (6.9 ft)
Tail 50 cms (20 inches)
Weight 250 - 440 Kgs (550 - 970 lbs)
Life Expectancy Up to 30 Yrs (in Captivity)

Main Characteristics

The Kiang is the largest species of wild ass. They have a body length of 2.1 m (6.9 ft), a tail length of 50 cms (20 inches) and they weigh between 250 and 440 Kgs (550 - 970 lbs).

They are brown in colour; during the summer months they are reddish brown with a short fine coat but during the winter months their coat becomes longer and thicker and it is dark brown in colour. Their underside, legs and underparts of the neck are all pale coloured and they have a thick, dark brown dorsal stripe that runs from the base of their mane to their tail.


Kiang can be found in Tibet, China, Nepal and India. They inhabit alpine grasslands, steppe and dry open areas at altitudes of 4,000 - 7,000 m (13,123 - 22,965 ft).


Kiang feed on grasses, forbs and other vegetation.


Kiang breed between August and September and after a gestation period of almost a year a single youngster is born.

The foal can walk within a few hours of being born and they are weaned at around a year old. Kiang reach sexual maturity at two years of age.


Predators of the Kiang are grey wolves and humans.


Three subspecies of the Kiang have been suggested but some controversy still surrounds their validity. These possible subspecies are:

Western Kiang
(Equus kiang kiang)

Eastern Kiang
(Equus kiang holdereri)

Southern Kiang
(Equus kiang polyodon)

Interesting Facts

Kiang are also known as:
Tibetan Wild Ass

Similar Animals

Grevy's Zebra
Plains Zebra
Mountain Zebra
African Wild Ass


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