subspecies of mammal (donkey as a domesticated subspecies). Equus africanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species e. TA TAen. Common name, Donkey. Synonym, Equus africanus asinus. Other names, › African ass ›African wild ass ›Somali wild ass ›ass ›domestic ass. Rank, SPECIES.

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Mules are still used extensively to transport cargo in rugged roadless regions, such as the large wilderness areas of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains or the Pasayten Wilderness of northern Washington state. Extant Perissodactyla Odd-toed ungulates species by suborder.

Equidae Evolution of the horse Wild horse Domestication of the horse. Archived from the original on May 16, Further, mares are usually larger than jennys and thus have more room for the ensuing foal to grow in the womb, resulting in a larger animal at birth. In some areas domestic donkeys have returned to the wild and established feral populations such as those of the Burro of North America and the Asinara donkey of Sardinia, Italy, both of which have protected status.

Donkeys were probably first domesticated by pastoral people in Nubiaand they supplanted the ox as the chief pack animal of that culture. In their native arid and semi-arid climates, donkeys spend more than half of each day foraging and feeding, often on poor quality scrub.

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The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African wild assE. Horse-donkey hybrids are almost always sterile because horses have 64 chromosomes whereas donkeys have 62, producing offspring with 63 chromosomes. There is preliminary data from at least two evidence based studies, but they rely on a limited set of specialized cognitive tests and a small number of subjects. Donkeys have been used for many purposes, by humans, over time.


Cape mountain zebra Equus zebra zebra Hartmann’s equjs zebra Equus zebra africsnus. The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. The Mountain Fusiliers each had a donkey to carry their gear, and in extreme circumstances the animal could be eaten. In the number of donkeys in the world was reported to be continuing to grow, as it had steadily done throughout most of history; factors cited as contributing to this were increasing human population, progress in economic development and social stability in some poorer nations, conversion of forests to farm and range land, rising prices of motor vehicles and fuel, and the popularity of donkeys as pets.

Two young wild burro donkey Equus asinus Equus africanus asinus playing, Custer State Park, South Dakota, USA Sweet, happy, little donkey Equus africanus asinus on a grassy meadow in sunny summer Donkeys Equus africanus asinus are seen near their keeper’s house in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Andahuaylillas near Cusco; Peru Donkey Equus africanus asinusAfrjcanus, France Loaded donkey near Kelcyre, Albania Donkey Equus africanus asinus in front of mud huts, Tana Orma ethnic group settlement, Tana River Delta, Kenya pair of rescue donkeys, Equus africanus asinus, out in the fields of the roaring donkey sancuary, west cork, ireland Donkey Equus africanus asinusCorsica, France Donkey Equus africanus asinus grazing in the Overberg region of the Western Cape Provinve, South Africa.

Like other inter-species hybrids, mules and hinnies are usually sterile. The secularists in this analogy are “The Africanu while the religious who are fated to supplant them are a collective “Messiach”.

Unlike wild and feral horseswild donkeys in dry areas are solitary and do not form harems. The baby mule, Idaho Gemwas born May 4. African wild ass E. Cape mountain zebra Equus zebra zebra Hartmann’s mountain zebra Equus zebra hartmannae.

Retrieved May 4, Donkeys are adapted to marginal desert lands. View all coordinates using: From the 18th century, donkey gradually replaced assand jenny replaced she-asswhich is now considered archaic. Regular clipping may be required; neglect can lead to permanent damage.


Donkeys aka Ass, Equus Africanus Asinus, Equus Asinus-Used Around the World

Web site accessed February 14, The rapid increase is attributed to attention paid to identification and recognition of donkey breeds by the FAO’s Animal Genetic Resources project. Present Status About 41 million donkeys were reported worldwide in Donkeys were represented in a fairly negative form by the Greeks, but perceptions later changed, partially due to wquus becoming increasingly symbolically connected to Christianity. It is also referred to as an ass, Equus africanus, and Equus Asinus.

Donkeys are also less prone to colic. While domesticated species are increasing in numbers, the African wild ass and another relative, the onager, are endangered. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference 3rd ed.

That said, there is a lack of robust scientific evidence to back up these claims. Although jennies come into heat within 9 or 10 days of giving birth, their fertility remains low, and it is likely afeicanus reproductive tract has not returned to normal.

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Retrieved 7 October Views Read View source View history. The fall in population is pronounced in developed afrricanus in Europe, the total number of donkeys fell from 3 million in to just over 1 million in During the Soviet—Afghan Warthe United States used large numbers of mules to carry weapons and supplies over Afghanistan’s rugged terrain to the mujahideen. Apuleius’s The Golden Ass ADwhere the narrator is asinks into a donkey, is also notable for its portrayal of donkeys as stubborn, foolish, wicked and lowly.

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