Miniature Donkeys

Equus asinus domestic miniature


Intelligent, social, hardy animals, donkeys have been domesticated for their milk, strength and companionship for more than 6,000 years.

Donkeys differ from horses in shape and are characterized by their large head, long ears and cow-like tail.   Donkeys' eyes are at the sides of their heads, giving them a wide field of vision. They have both monocular and binocular vision, which allows them to see two fields of vision at once (monocular) or to focus on the same thing with both eyes at the same time (binocular). There is a blind spot directly in front of the donkey and one directly behind.  Unlike many other miniature breeds, the miniature donkey is not a bred-down version of a larger donkey. Their small size is natural.

Male donkeys are called "jacks," and females are "jennets."

Current Residents

Lucy, female - Born 2014

Ethel, female - Born 2014


Lucy and Ethel came to ZooMontana is 2020 from a private ranch.

Taxonomy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Perissodactyla
  • Family: Equidae
  • Genus: Equus
  • Species: Equus asinus domestic miniature

Animal Facts

  • Herbivore
  • Common
  • Diurnal


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