DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT
Domestic donkeys are widely distributed and can be found almost everywhere in the world.
Donkey are social animals, they interact well with other livestock animals They are most active in the morning and evening, resting during the day. Lifespan: up to 40-50 years in good environment conditions.
They are herbivores, with large, flat-surfaced teeth adapted for chewing plant matter. Their primary food is grass, but wild donkey also eat other shrubs and desert plants.
Females reach sexual maturity at 2 years of age and can give birth to one foal each year, male at 3-4 years of age. Gestation period last 12 months. Foals are fully developed at birth, they weigh between 8 to 13 kg at birth. Young are nursed for about 5 months.
GOOD TO KNOW
Donkeys were first domesticated about six thousand years ago. They played a very important role in developing long-distance trade also people kept their for food (milk and meat) and as a working animal. Nowaday this animals are also great economic importance especially in developing countries.
- Latin name: Equus asinus asinus