Equus africanus asinus
For thousands of years donkeys have been the ‘helping hooves’ of humankind – they are the original beasts of burden. In many countries of the world, and in many situations, they are used as the preferred mode of transport. Donkeys are stronger and are much more of an all terrain animal than horses. Donkeys are in fact a highly intelligent animal despite popular misconception and they can live for over 50 years!
They have an incredible memory and remember places and other donkeys they were with up to 25 years ago!
Donkeys are social and do not like being alone, although a single donkey will be more than happy to live with goats and they groom each other in the same way as monkeys and chimps do.