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Miniature Donkey

Our miniature donkeys live in the main field on the nature walk.  They will greet you at the top of the nature walk and will be waiting for a treat like carrots and bread!  They are lovely placid animals.

Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys are a separate breed of donkey originating from the islands of Sardinia and Sicily.

Because they were so small they were employed to turn grinding stones for grain inside the peasants houses. There are 18th century wood block pictures showing these small donkeys, blindfolded, attached to the grain mill and walking in endless circles. They were also used to carry water from village wells and supplies into the mountains for shepherds.

Now almost extinct in their native land, these diminutive little animals are a popular pet in the USA, especially in the southern states. Approximately 700 have been imported into the UK from North America and are fast becoming very popular here in Great Britain. The most common colour is grey dun with chocolate highlights. Other colours include brown, black, slate grey, sorrel, spotted, piebald, skewbald and cream.

Additional Info

  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Perissodactyla
  • Family: Equidae
  • Genus: Equus
  • Species: E. africanus
  • Distribution: Worldwide
  • Fun Facts: The donkey was the symbol of the Egyptian sun god Ra as well as the Greek god Dionysus.
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