DESCRIPTION OF THE SPECIES
The most “horse-like” and the largest of wild donkeys. Their body length is nearly 210cm, the maximum height at the shoulder is nearly 140cm (the make of the western kiang ‒ Equus kiang kiang). The weight is 250-400kg. In case of abundance of food, they may put on the additional weight of 45kg. The fur is light red in summer, and is long and brown in winter. There is a noticeable black stripe on the back. They differ from the onager with larger legs and larger head; their ears are shorter, the mane is longer, and the hoofs are wider. Kiangs live in groups of 5-400 animals. The largest herds of kiangs consist of the females and foals, as well as ‘adolescents’ of both sexes. An adult female is usually the leader of the group. The social bonds within groups are quite strong; kiangs never leave each other and look for food together. The males live solitary lives during summer; by spring, they gather in the groups of bachelors. During the long time (by the end of 1960s), there were no kiangs in zoos worldwide, except Beijing.
The herbivorous animal, which mainly eats grasses and other low vegetation
The longest registered life of the kiang in captivity was 26 years (eastern kiang – Equus kiang holdereri).