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Fun Donkey Facts for Kids

Are you ready to learn some super cool facts about donkeys? Donkeys are amazing animals that have been helping people for thousands of years. They are known for their long ears, braying sounds they make, and their ability to carry heavy loads.

In this article, we will explore some fascinating facts about donkeys. let’s get started and discover the amazing world of donkeys with these donkey facts for kids!

Donkey Facts for Kids

What is a Donkey

A Donkey is a hoofed mammal that is part of the Equidae family.  Horses and Zebras are also animals that are part of the Equidae family. A donkey is sometimes referred to as an ass or a burro.

Burro is the Spanish word for donkey. Donkeys are smaller than horses. 

donkey face

Donkey Characteristics

A donkey is a four-legged animal that is often smaller than a horse. Here are some key features that can help you recognize a donkey:

A donkey’s ears are much longer than a horse’s. They can grow up to 2 feet long! Their ears help keep the donkey cool in warm, dry environments.

They have a mane of short hair that sticks straight up on the top of their head.

They have a brown or gray coat of fur that can be short or long, depending on the breed.

Donkeys have a tail with a tuft of hair on the end.

Their hooves are round and hard, and they use them to walk and run.

Their size and color depend on the type of donkey. They range from 3.5 ft tall to over 5 ft tall and can weigh between 180-1,00 pounds.

Their color can be a variety of grays and browns. Less common is the all-white donkey. 

There are many different species/breeds of donkeys.  They are usually put into 3 groups: domesticated, wild, or feral.  Feral are donkeys that were domesticated but escaped or got loose and are now living in the wild.

Donkey carrying cargo

Donkey Habitats

Donkeys originated in North Africa over 5,000 years ago. Although they prefer warm, dry desert-like conditions, donkeys live all around the world. Here are some habitats that donkeys live in:


Donkeys are built to live in hot, dry environments like deserts. They can go long periods without water, and their tough hooves help them navigate the rough terrain.


Donkeys are also commonly found in mountainous regions. They are able to climb steep hills and easily navigate rocky terrain. In some areas, donkeys are used to carry supplies and equipment up into the mountains for hikers and climbers.


While donkeys are best known for living in dry environments, some breeds can live in grasslands with plenty of vegetation. In these areas, they may graze on grasses and other plants.

Domesticated Settings:

Donkeys are often kept as domesticated animals on farms or ranches. In these settings, they may live in barns or corrals and have access to food, water, and shelter.

Donkeys can also be found at many zoos and petting zoos across the world.

Donkeys carrying heavy loads

Habitats continued

The Egyptians used donkeys as working animals. Over thousands of years, donkeys have been domesticated and have been transported all around the world. 

Christopher Columbus was said to have brought donkeys to America on one of his vogues.   

Today in many countries around the world, donkeys are still used to till fields and transport people and goods.  They are also sometimes used to pull carts and other items.

Approximately over 40 million donkeys are living around the world.  Most donkeys live in China.  Ethiopia, Pakistan, Egypt, and Mexico also have large populations of donkeys.

What Do Donkeys Eat?

Donkeys are herbivores.  Herbivores are animals that do not eat meat.  Donkeys eat grass, hay, and grains.

Donkey Facts for Kids

A male donkey is called a Jack

A female donkey is called a Jennet or a Jennie

a female donkey is pregnant for 12 months.

A baby donkey is called a Foal. Foals weigh between 15-30 pounds at birth.

A foal can stand 30 minutes after being born.

A male donkey who mates with a female horse makes a mule

A female donkey who mates with a male horse is called a hinny

Interesting Fact- Mules and Hinnys cannot reproduce (have babies)

Mom and baby donkey

Donkey Behavior

Here are some common donkey behaviors.


Donkeys use different sounds and body language to communicate with each other and with humans. While many people think of the donkey’s bray as a simple “hee-haw,” the sound is actually quite complex. Donkeys can make a wide variety of vocalizations, including snorts, grunts, and even screams.

They make sounds to show their presence, express excitement, or call for attention. They may also use ear and tail movements to convey their mood.

While many people think of the donkey’s bray as a simple “hee-haw,” the sound is actually quite complex. Donkeys can make a wide variety of vocalizations, including snorts, grunts, and even screams.

Donkey herd

Social behavior:

Donkeys are social animals and often live in groups called “herds.” They may groom each other, play together, or even sleep in a huddle to stay warm. Donkeys build strong bonds and friendships with members of their herd. They will often protect each other from threats and predators.

Intelligent Animals:

Donkeys are known for their intelligence and ability to problem-solve. They can learn new tasks quickly and remember things for a long time. In some cultures, donkeys have been used as working animals for thousands of years because of their ability to navigate difficult terrain and carry heavy loads.

As Stubborn as a Donkey

Donkeys are believed to be stubborn animals. However, this is not true; they are extremely cautious animals. A donkey will always put its safety first.  If they feel that they could be putting themselves in danger, they will dig their heels into the ground and not move.  You will not be able to force them to do something that they feel is unsafe.  This is where the term stubborn as a donkey comes from.


In the wild, several predators are a threat to donkeys. These animals include coyotes, mountain lions, and wolves.

Humans are also a threat to donkeys. In some areas of the world, humans hunt donkeys for their meat.

Cute baby donkey

More Donkey Facts

Donkeys do not like the rain.

They have excellent memories, they can remember things from over 20 years ago.

Donkeys are social animals.  They live in groups called herds.  In the wild, a herd of donkeys usually consists of one male donkey, or Jack, and several female donkeys, or Jennets/Jennies.

Donkey showing teeth

Famous Donkeys

One of the most favorite and beloved donkeys known around the world is Winnie-the-Pooh’s beloved friend Eeyore.

Donkeys are featured in the Disney classic movie Pinocchio. Pinocchio partly turned into a donkey.

During the holidays, we cannot wait to hear the Christmas song Dominick the Donkey, written by Ray Allen, Sam Saltzbery, and Wandra Merrel, performed and recorded by Lou Monte in 1960. 

This Christmas song is about the Italian Christmas Donkey, Dominick, who helps Santa Claus deliver presents made in Brooklyn to the children in Italy because the reindeer cannot climb the hills.

We also have to add Shrek’s friend Donkey whose voice is the great Eddie Murphy.  You can see Donkey in all the Shrek movies.

The movie The Star, often on during Christmas time, is a children’s animated movie that tells the story leading up to Jesus’s birth through a donkey’s eyes.


Donkeys are incredible animals that are strong, smart, and social.

They love being around other donkeys and use their voices to communicate in many ways. Donkeys are excellent at carrying heavy loads, climbing steep mountains, and going through rough terrain.

Donkeys are gentle and loving animals that deserve our respect and care. So next time you see a donkey, remember all the amazing things that make them so special!