Donkey Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

What are donkeys? How are they different from horses? Where do they live? This lesson will teach you all about the habitat, diet, and life cycle of donkeys.

What Are Donkeys?

You just got back from the farm and saw cows, horses, and donkeys. The donkey looked a lot like the horse, so you started wondering more about donkeys. What kind of animal is a donkey?

Donkeys are mammals that look a lot like horses.
donkey

Donkeys are mammals that are related to horses, but they are much smaller. A mammal is an animal that is warm-blooded, has hair or fur, and gives birth to live babies. A male donkey is called a jack and a female is called a jennet.

What Do Donkeys Look Like?

Donkeys usually have gray or brown fur and manes around their necks.
donkey

Donkeys are about 4 feet tall, which is about as tall as an 8 or 9 year old child. Even though donkeys are pretty small, they are very strong! Donkeys are also different from horses because they have very long ears. They have short manes, or hair around their heads and necks. Donkeys usually have gray or brown fur.

What Do Donkeys Need?

Many people own donkeys and keep them on farms. People who own donkeys give them lots of fresh water and grass or hay to eat. Donkeys are herbivores, which means that they only eat plants. Donkeys like to eat grains and other plants. People like to ride their donkeys or teach them to pull carts.

How Do Donkeys Grow?

A foal drinking milk from its mother.
foal

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