donkeys

MARCH 20-21

2021

And on that farm, he had a donkey.

What are donkeys used for?

• Transport of goods or people
• Guarding animals, such as sheep
• Calming anxious horses
• Food purposes (milk or meat)
• Breeding
• Tourism (mountain tours, trail walks)

Donkey Heights

Standard Donkey: Between 36” and 54” at their wither

Miniature Donkey: Shorter than 36” at their wither

Mammoth Donkey: Taller than 54” at their wither

How are donkeys different than horses?

Donkeys:

• Are shorter
• Have thicker coats
• Have stiffer hair
• Have shorter tails
• Have longer ears
• Are more independent
• Are harder to train
• Form pairs instead of herds

Key Terms

Foal: A donkey less than 1 year old

Jenny: A female donkey

Wether: A male donkey who has been castrated

Jack: A male donkey

Drove: A group of donkeys

Mule: The offspring of a jack (male donkey) and a mare (female horse)

Hinny: The offspring of a stallion (male horse) and a jenny (female donkey)

Fun Facts

  • Donkeys can live for over 50 years
  • Donkeys use their big, floppy ears to cool down when it gets too hot.