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Diet & Feeding
- Donkeys are ungulates with browsing and grazing habits.
- Consume grasses, bark, leaves, even creosote bushes in desert areas. (Groves 1974)
- Prefer grassy parts of the habitat over shrub or woodland parts
- Can survive with little water and can tolerate even salty water. (Klingel 1990)
- In wild, Equus africanus individuals sometimes go for 2-3 days without water. (Groves 1974)
- Have more endurance and tolerate reduced food and water better than other horse species. (Klingel 1990)
- Domestic donkeys can survive in Death Valley, CA
- Young foals and nursing females need to be near water for daily drinks. (Moehlman 2002)
- Donkeys and other asses have evolved to use sparse fibrous vegetation and have more efficient digestion than horses; their digestion is similar in efficiency to that of goats.(Choshniak et al 1989)
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Choshniak et al (1989)
Lamoot et al (2004)
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