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SICILIAN DONKEY

SICILIAN DONKEYEquus asinus

Conservation Status: Domesticated

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CLASS

Mammalia

ORDER

Perissodactyla

FAMILY

Equidae

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General Characteristics:

Color: 

Grayish fawn; a dark stripe across the shoulder and a longitudinal stripe along the back  form a dark cross

Size:

3 - 4 1/2  feet at the shoulders

Weight:

250-300 pounds

Average Lifespan: 

10-25 years

Captive Lifespan:

25+ years

Distribution:

Domesticated worldwide, this breed originated in the middle east

Habitat:

Reproduction:

Mating: 

Year round

Gestation/Incubation:

12 1/2 months

Litter/Clutch Size:

1

Mature: 

2 years

Diet:

Grasses, hay, foliage

Behavior:

Diurnal, feral herds live in unstable social groups composed of one stallion and several females and their young.

Teaching Facts:

1. Females are called Jenny, males are called Jacks.

2. Donkeys are the domesticated form of the African wild ass

3. Kept by man for their sure-footedness, strength, endurance, and ability to live in hot and dry climates.

4. Used for riding, driving, and packing.