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Scientific name:  Equus asinus
Class:  Mammals
Continent:  All
Habitat:  Meadows, steppes and mountains
Diet:  Herbivore
Weight:   8 - 500 kg
Size:  79 - 160 cm

The donkey has long ears that make it easily identifiable.

The different breeds of domestic donkey descend by hybridization of an African wild species that has been domesticated to become the "horse of the poor".

In addition to domestic breeds, the donkey formed wild populations in Australia and America. The gestation of the donkey lasts 12 to 13 months and she breastfeeds her donkey for 6 months. The cub of a donkey and a horse is called a bardot or a bardine and the little one of a donkey and a mare is called a mule or mule. The donkey is mainly used as a beast of burden or to be ridden, especially in steep regions where it is very agile. Reputed to be stubborn, he is above all intelligent, cautious and often more docile and less nervous than the horse.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


The offspring of a horse and a donkey is called a Bardot or a Bardine and the offspring of a donkey and a mare is called a Mulet or a Mule.