The Henry Vilas Zoo Friday welcomed two Somali wild asses, a critically endangered species.The Somali wild asses became zoo residents through a Giving Tuesday fundraiser last December. The Vilas Zoo is one of only nine institutions that have the species, and there are only 60 in captivity in North America and 600 or fewer in the wild.
“We are pleased to welcome the Somali wild asses to the Vilas Zoo after a successful Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign that helped to support their arrival,” said Allison K. Prange, executive director of Friends of the Henry Vilas Zoo. “This is a powerful example of the zoo’s leadership in conservation.
Friends of the Henry Vilas Zoo also announced the launch of Wild Ass Coffee, which will be available at Barriques. Proceeds of its sale will go to the Henry Vilas Zoo Animal Welfare Fund.
“Barriques is excited to be a part of supporting the Henry Vilas Zoo and its efforts in animal conservation,” said Finn Berge, co-owner of Barriques. “The coffee blend is 100 percent sustainably grown heirloom Arabica beans sourced from small family farms, primarily in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia."
The coffee is available at each Barriques location and online through its website.