Sicilian Donkey

Creature Features

Description 
Coats can be gray, brown, black, red, or spotted. They have a black stripe connecting their two front shoulders with a black colored mane.

Diet                                                                                                                                                  
Herbivores that mainly eat grass, grain, and hay. 
Donkeys are “easy keepers” meaning they don’t need a lot of food because they can utilize their food efficiently. This can mean that they can be overfed easily, so owners must watch their weight carefully.

Reproduction                                                                                                                                  
After a foal is born, it is able to walk within minutes. The foal will then feed on milk produced by its mother until it is weaned at 4-6 months.

A female horse and male donkey can be breed to produce a mule. Mules are then unable to breed with each other, meaning that each mule continues to be bred this way.

The Sicilian Donkey is found in the Ranch Heritage Area at the Spring River Zoo. 

Fun Facts

  • Other Name: Sardinian or miniature donkey
  • Scientific Name: Equus asinus
  • Conservation Status: Domesticated
  • Lifespan: 30-40 years in captivity
  • Body Length: 26-36 inches high
  • Weight: 250-400 pounds
  • Gestation: 11-13 months
  • Number of Young: Usually one foal
  • Habitat: Native to North Africa; used to very dry, harsh conditions
  • Distribution: North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia

Did You Know? 

Sicilian Donkeys are known for their stubbornness, but that is usually a sign they are frightened. 

Sicilian Donkeys are very intelligent and can be trained to do behaviors. Historically, they have been used to pull carts, and move people and goods.