Zoo Animals

Miniature Donkeys

Miniature donkey

Equus asinus 

At the Detroit Zoo
Female Knick-Knack and male Giovanni both were born in 1994. The miniature donkeys can be found in the Barn with the belted Galloway steer, domestic yak, Thoroughbred horses, pigs and other barnyard animals.

Description
Miniature donkeys resemble horses and are characterized by their large heads, long ears and cow-like tails. They can be black, white and all shades of brown and gray, but the most common color is a mousy-gray called “gray dun”. They can be spotted, speckled or striped and their hair can be straight, curly, short and wiry or long and wooly. Solid-color donkeys have dark dorsal stripes from mane to tail and a dark stripe across their shoulders. They have erect manes and lack the forelock of a horse.

Fun Facts

  • The miniature donkey is observant and cautious. It will refuse to do anything that seems dangerous to it. This behavior has earned the donkey its reputation for being stubborn, but actually, a domestic donkey is very obedient and will not refuse any reasonable request.