12 Days of ZooLights: Donkey

12 Days of ZooLights

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    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