MINIATURE SICILIAN DONKEY (equua africanus asinus)
Habitat: Originally Sardinia, Sicily - now bred all over the United States and Canada as a family pet and equine companion.
Height: 25 to 36 inches
Weight: 100 to 200 pounds
Gestation: 11 1/2 to 12 months
Longevity: 20 to 30 years
The miniature donkeys have stolen the hearts of pet lovers, gentlemen farmers and small children. Bred in all colors from chocolate, red, white, gray, black and in the spotted form of all the colors, the gentle disposition and trusting nature of these small equines have made than an animal lovers' dream come true. They thrive easily on pastures and mix readily with other animals, goats, sheep ,llamas, cattle and small horses, etc. The Natural Bridge Zoo has used them for our contact area for over 30 years much to the delight of our visitors and school groups. The Natural Bridge Zoo was instrumental in breeding the first spotted miniature donkeys and introducing them to the public over 30 years ago. Although able to pull small cars and wagons, their main use is as lawnmowers for backyard hobbyists and companion pets for the person who desires something different in their lives.