Donkey (Equus asinus)


Figure 1: Donkey

Donkeys look similar to horses, although they are smaller in size. Donkeys have large heads with big ears. Domestic breed come in many sizes and colors, including black, gray, white, and brown.

Donkeys are social animals and will interact with other livestock as well as other donkeys. They are most active in early morning and the evening and will rest during the hottest hours.

Donkeys are grazers. They mostly eat grass but will also eat other plants.

Domestic donkeys live in highly varied terrains and climates, although they prefer warm and dry places.

Animals that look similar:
While donkeys may look similar to horses, they can be distinguished by their smaller size, their cow-like tail, and the lack of a forelock (the part of a horse’s mane that hangs over its forehead).

Images of donkeys

These are images from our research cameras that CatCam visitors have identified as containing at least one donkey. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image


Huggins, B. 2002. “Equus asinus” (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed July 25, 2012 at