Haven't made it to the National Zoo this holiday season? Catch up on what you're missing with our 12 Days of ZooLights. From Nov. 23 to Jan. 1, the zoo presents a sparking light display featuring sculptures of many of the zoo’s most popular animals. We're sharing one with you each day.
Today's animal: Donkey
Habitat: Donkeys are often found in desert climates.
In the wild: Donkeys can produce infertile offspring with horses and zebras. Wild donkeys are friendly with other animals and can be seen bonding with sheep, cattle and goats.
At the zoo: The Kids’ Farm at the Smithsonian National Zoo has four miniature Mediterranean donkeys. George, Pat, Guiseppe and Flash live with cows, alpacas, goats and hogs. Donkeys are herbivores and eat a meal of vegetiarn pellets twice a day. Keepers clean their hooves every night while they are eating.
Bet you didn't know... George Washington is responsible for breeding the first Mammoth Jack donkey in the United States.
Day 6 (Dec. 24): Butterfly
Day 5 (Dec. 21): Crab
Day 4 (Dec. 20): Cow
Day 3 (Dec. 19): Flamingo
Day 2 (Dec. 18): Cheetah
Day 1 (Dec. 17): Komodo Dragon