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March 19, 2009

What is a Zonkey?

Have you ever heard this funny term, and wondered what it was? Well, let me introduce this unique equine - a hybrid cross between a donkey and a zebra.


The Zonkey or Z-Donk is a hybrid cross between a donkey and a zebra, usually a female donkey and male zebra. Zonkeys are usually very distinctively colored - often a medium brown with an overlay of dark black zebra stripes.

Another similar hybrid is the Zorse, which is the result of breeding a horse with a zebra.

The zonkey and zorse can be trained to ride and drive, just as a horse, mule or donkey can. However zonkeys and zorses tend to be more cautious, flighty and quick to defend themselves when cornered, than a mule, donkey or horse. This is their wild zebra side showing through.

Here are several great links for more information about Zonkeys:

The Zorse and Zonkey - Horses of a Different Color

The Zonkey: Hybrid of the zebra and donkey

Zonkeys and Zorses

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Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at March 19, 2009 10:15 PM