The zonkey or zedonk may also be known as zebrass, zebronkey, zeasses, zeedonk, zebadonk, zenkey, donbra, zebrinny, or deebra, and represents the result of when a zebra and a donkey mate. However, depending on which way round the parents are, determines whether the offspring is classed as a zonkey (male zebra, female donkey) or a zeedonk (female zebra, male donkey).
Like with the common mule, it is thought to be almost impossible for the zonkey or zedonk to breed. The zonkey or zedonk was successfully conceived in several Zoo’s around the world. In the natural habitat, the zonkey or zedonk can be conceived when a zebra and a donkey are in the same territory (can happen in south Africa). Both the zebra and the donkey belong to the horse family so this cross-mating is plausible. The courtship behavior of a donkey is much more similar to that of the various zebra species than a horse’s courtship behavior. Zebras and donkeys will more readily and easily breed for that reason than zebras and horses.
The first zoo to breed a zonkey was Colchester Zoo in Essex, south east England.
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