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Order:

Perissodactyla

Family:

Equidae

Group:

Equus

Male:

Jack

Female:

Jenny

Young:

Foal

Lifespan:

35 years

Gestation:

11 months

Distribution:

Worldwide

Habitat:

Open areas, grass plains, rocky outcroppings and forests

Diet:

Herbivores - Grass, shrubs, bark and hay

Conservation Status:

Not Classified
Did you know?

In the wild, donkeys Equus asinus live separated out from each other unlike wild horses.

They have developed large ears to help cool the blood in hot climates and to hear the distant call of a fellow donkey. Likewise their loud bray can be heard over 3 kilometres away.

 China has the largest number of donkeys with about 11 million of the world’s 44 million.

Donkeys have amazing long term memories (much like elephants) and can remember areas & other familiar donkeys for up to 25 years.

Donkeys are not actually stubborn! They are far more intelligent than horses & will always stop and assess the situation before making a decision regarding their own safety.

 

Did you know?

A “Zedonk” is the offspring of a male zebra and a female donkey!

A “Hinny” is the offspring of a male horse and female donkey!

A “Mule” (the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse) won’t sink in quicksand but a donkey will!