Given the African wild ass (Equus africanus) Critically Endangered status globally, the program for research and conservation of the African wild ass in Eritrea was begun in 1994. As part of this program, Dr. Redae pursued his postgraduate (MSc) studies in Conservation Biology at the University of Kent at Canterbury, the UK in 2005/06 and his Ph.D. in Animal Ecology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 2016/20. His graduate research was on African wild ass in the Danakil Desert and continues this work as a member of the IUCN Equid Specialist Group over the last 18 years. He is interested in investigating factors that influence the viability of small populations of mammalian herbivores in order to develop effective conservation strategies. He recently completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and joined Evangelista Lab in August 2022 in their ongoing work “Combating Illegal Cheetah Trafficking in the Horn of Africa.