Woburn Safari Park is home to an Abyssinian donkey. Tasha is grey in colour and has a friendly temperament, you will find her and her good friend Holly the Shetland Pony in the Farmyard Friends walk-through section in Animal Encounters.
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|Distribution:||Native to Ethiopia|
|Habitat:||Dry and mountainous areas|
|Height:||8.4 and 10 hands (86 - 102 cm or 34 -40 inches) at the highest point of the withers (shoulders).|
|Weight:||90 - 210 kg|
|Gestation Period:||11 - 13 months|
|Lifespan:||30 - 40 years in captivity|
Scientific name: Equus asinus
Little is known of the wild behaviour of Abyssinian donkeys. Generally, donkeys are hardy animals, who derive nourishment from poor quality food and can tolerate considerable heat and dehydration. Donkeys are highly intelligent and have a strong sense of self-preservation. They are wonderful protectors to flocks of sheep and goats as well as herds of cattle and will defend themselves and their companions vigorously. As a herd animal, donkeys graze in groups and are always on hand to run down or trample a predator or discourage it with a strong and well-aimed kick. With their quiet nature, donkeys are a calming influence on their more skittish cousin, the horse. Donkeys are known to be docile, playful, curious and affectionate.