The domestic donkey is derived from the Africa Wild Ass. It was domesticated in Africa 5,000-7,000 years ago and has been used mainly as a working animal since that time.
There are more than 40 million donkeys in the world, mostly in under developed countries, where they are used principally as pack animals. While working donkeys are often associated with those living at or below subsistence, small numbers of donkeys or asses are kept for breeding or as pets in developed countries.
A male donkey is known as a jack or jackass, a female is a jenny or jennet, and an immature donkey of either sex is a foal.
Suitable for 3+ years