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hoofed, herbivorous mammal of the genus Equus, closely related to the horse. It is distinguished from the horse by its small size, large head, long ears, and small hooves. There are three living species: Equus hemonius, the Asian wild ass; E.
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(Equus hemionus kiang), a perissodactyl mammal of the family Equidae, a geographical form (subspecies) of the Asiatic wild ass.

The kiang is a large and well-proportioned animal, approximately 140 cm high at the withers. The ears are longer than those of the horse but shorter than those of the ass. The mane is short and erect. The tail has a tuft of long hairs at the end. There are chestnuts (horny calluses) on the forelegs. The back and sides are reddish brown; the underside, whitish. The kiang is found in the desert uplands of Central Asia (Kashmir, Ladakh, Tibet), living in small herds and feeding on grass. The female gives birth to a single foal. The animal is very shy. It has a swift gait and great endurance. The kiang is hunted locally for its meat and hide. It is difficult to tame.

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Table II.- Kiang population size and density estimates (+-SD) in different surveys in the Arjin Mountain Nature Reserve, China.
Table III.- Number of Kiang, groups, means (+-SD) group sizes, and animals/100 km2 observed in different sites the Arjin Mountain Nature Reserve, China.
Sites###Number of group###Number of Kiang seen###Mean group size +- SD###Kiang seen /100km2
Limited water resources and topographic features, as these factors have been reported to directly affect the Kiang population in the reserve (Gao, Gu 1989).
The Kiang is a Category I Key National Protected Species in China.
However, over the last decade, government intervention to the miners and progressive wildlife protection policy measures, such as the elimination of gold mines, resulted in a significant recovery of Kiang populations, in some areas like Aqqik Kul (Table I, Fig.
Our present study confims that the real conservation issue for Kiang at present is related to intensifying conflicts between livestock herding practices and minig activities resulted in increasing human presence and movements in key wildlife areas along with increasing livestock numbers (Fox and Tsering 2005).
Perceived conflicts between pastoralism and conservation of the Kiang Equus Kiang in the Ladakh Trans-Himalaya, India.