Persian onager

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Persian onager
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Equidae
Genus: Equus
Species: E. hemionus
Subspecies: E. h. onager
Trinomial name
Equus hemionus onager

The Persian onager (Equus hemionus onager), also called the gur, is a subspecies[1] of onager (Asiatic wild ass) native to Iran.

It is "critically endangered" and "extremely rare",[1] with no more than 600 individuals left in the wild and only 30 individuals living within North American institutions.[citation needed] Currently, poaching for meat and hide, competition with livestock, and drought are the greatest threats to this species. Sometimes the term "onager" is reserved specifically for this subspecies.[1] Information on the basic biology of the subspecies and how it differs from others is lacking, which hampers conservation efforts.[1]

Related subspecies[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Asiatic Wild Ass   Equus hemionus". Gland, Switzerland: IUCN/SSC Equid Specialist Group.