Miniature donkey

Donkeys were originally domesticated in Africa and the Middle East and have been used as beasts of burden, or working animals, for thousands of years. Miniature donkeys are popular farm animals as pets due to their friendly disposition. Their hearing is acute and the ears can move independently to locate the source or general direction of sounds.

Fast Facts

  • Miniature donkeys are native to the Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia.
  • The miniature donkey is by nature one of the friendliest and most affectionate animals of its type. 
  • Male donkeys are called "jacks," and females are "jennets."

Scientific name

Equus asinus domestic miniature
Range  North American and Central America
Conservation status Least concern
Diet Herbivore
Zoo name(s) Junior
Zoo location The Loop 

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