Range: Originally Mediterranean cost of North Africa and more recently Sicily and Sardinia
Habitat: Herd animals, so need company of other animals. Can withstand cold temperatures as long as they have shelter and are fed properly.
Lifespan: 25 - 35 years.
Zoo Diet: Small amounts of grain, good quality hay, a mineral slat block and fresh clean wate
The Miniature Mediterranean Donkey is by nature one of the friendliest and most affectionate animals of its type. They are very tame and gentle. They are also easier to manage in everyday life than some donkeys simply because they are smaller. They love their owners and seek attention. They do this with friendly nudges and brays and funny little sounds designed to get you to pay attention to them. The miniature donkey is extremely intelligent and docile and is easily trained. Geldings or jennets make the best pets. Jacks enjoy braying and may become excited in the presence of the females. The old wives tale of donkeys being stubborn, is actually a sign of their intelligence. They are very cautious animals and will not proceed if they are unsure of a situation. Miniature Donkeys have an average life span of 25 - 35 years. They communicate with their human owners and other donkeys by ‘braying’, also more commonly known as a ‘hee-haw’. Every donkey has his or her own style of braying with some sounding quite comical.
Reproductive anatomy of the miniature donkey is similar to that for the standard horse. Female miniature donkeys have a 21 to 28 day estrus cycle with obvious behavioral signs when a jack is present.
Gestation: 63 months
Litter: Single baby, 20 - 30 lbs at birth. Foals up and nursing within 30 minutes. Weaned between 5 - 6 months
- Hardy and healthy, they require preventative vaccination and should be wormed regularly.
- They need to have their hooves trimmed every 2 - 3 months.
- Males are call "jacks" and females are called "jennets."