A donkey, although part of the horse family (Equidae), is, in fact, a different species from the horse (Equus africanus asinus).
Donkeys are descended from the African wild ass.
A male horse and a female donkey (a “jenny” or “jennet”) produce a “hinny.”
Is donkey a horse?
The donkey or ass (Equus africanus asinus) is a domesticated member of the horse family, Equidae. The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African wild ass, E. africanus. A male donkey or ass is called a jack, a female a jenny or jennet; a young donkey is a foal.
What is the difference between a horse and a donkey?
Donkeys are a different species than a horse, but in the same family. They were originally bred in Egypt or Mesopotamia around 5,000 years ago. Mules, on the other hand, are a cross between a female horse and a male donkey or “jack” (hence the word “jackass”).
Is a burro and a donkey the same thing?
A donkey is domesticated, a burro is wild. Other than that, there is no difference — burro is just the Spanish word for donkey.
Is zebra a horse or a donkey?
Horses, donkeys and asses all belong to the same family…Equus Caballus. The three are so closely related that a donkey and a zebra can both be successfully bred to a horse. The donkey/horse producing a Mule.