Facts About Donkey


  • A donkey is stronger than a horse of the same size.
  • Donkeys have an incredible memory – they can recognise areas and other donkeys they were with up to 25 years ago.
  • The donkey, Equus africanus asinus, is a small domesticated member of the horse family.
  • The donkey varies in color from sandy, brown or reddish to gray.
  • A male donkey and a female horse may give birth to a mule; a male horse and female donkey make a hinny.
  • They can run up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) per hour.
  • Baby donkeys or baby mules are known as Foals.
  • China has the largest number of donkeys with about 11 million of the world’s 41 million.
  • The phrase ‘donkey’s years’ to mean a long time began as a pun on the length of donkey ears.
  • In the desert environment a donkey is able to hear the call of another donkey 60 miles away, they have far larger ears than horses. Their large ears also help keep them cool.

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