Illustrations of a donkey as viewed from the side, front, and laying down

Donkeys, also known as asses or burros, are members of the horse family (Equidae) that are distinguished from horses by their stockier stature and floppy ears. With variations that include wild, feral, and domestic, donkeys are herd animals found around the world that are most commonly kept as beasts of burden that have assisted in the transportation of goods for thousands of years. On farms, donkeys are often bred as pets and for producing milk but they have also been found to act as guardians that help protect the other livestock. Male donkeys are called jacks, while female donkeys are known as jennies or jennets.

The average Donkey has an overall height of 43.0”-57.0” (109-145 cm), withers height of 36.0”-48.0” (92-123 cm), and body length of 57.0”-76.0” (145-193 cm). A typical Donkey weighs between 400-500 lb (180-225 kg) and has a lifespan of roughly 25-40 years.


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43.0”-57.0” | 109-145 cm
57.0”-76.0” | 145-193 cm
36.0”-48.0” | 92-123 cm
400-500 lb | 180-225 kg

Uses: Milk, pack (transport), guardians

Equus asinus
25-40 years


Drawings include:
Donkey side elevation (standing), side (male farmer), front, side (laying down)


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The Equidae family is comprised of horses, donkeys, and zebras with only one existing family, Equus. The Equidae family most likely originated in North America, however, domestic zebras, horses, and donkeys now exist worldwide while wild horses and zebras exist only in Asia and Africa.