Among Jana’s favorite activities is frolicking with other members of the zoo’s Wild Ass herd. Her mother, Tana, doesn’t tolerate this precocious behavior from her daughter and immediately intervenes. Jana is also very interested in the ponies, penguins and ducks that live near her enclosure. She has been observed walking slowly toward a resting duck, then dashing back to her mother’s side when the duck makes a sudden move!
Photo Credit: Zoo Basel
Jana is treasured at Zoo Basel not only for her endearing personality: She is one of only about 200 Wild Asses living in zoos worldwide. In the wild, less than 1,000 Wild Asses remain in parts of Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia. They are considered critically endangered – just one step above extinction. Zoo Basel is a leader in breeding these rare animals.