Last Updated on March 8, 2022 by Allison Price
These giants will charm you with their long ears and gorgeous brown eyes.
The American Mammoth Donkeys are truly a sight to see. Jackson, a spotted skewbald mare, was born on 05/04/2014. Colorado, a black mare was born 01/05/17.
Jackson is 16.3 inches tall (62″) while our tallest Miniature Mediterranean Donkey is 33″.
These gentle giants are not too large to be loved.
The American Mammoth Donkey is therefore a result of this.
American Mammoth Donkeys were developed from several European donkeys brought to America. George Washington was an American politician who worked to improve American livestock. Large, strong mules were required for agricultural purposes.
These magnificent animals were produced by European breeds, including the Poitou, Andalusian Majorcan, Poitou, Poitou, Poitou, Poitou, Poitou, Poitou, Poitou, Poitou, and Catalan donkeys.
What size do they get?
Male jacks must stand at least 14 inches tall (56″) while females called jennies must stand at least 13.2 inches high (54″).
Romulus, the American Mammoth Donkey with the largest record stands at an incredible 17 hands (68″) This is only 2 inches shorter than Harris’ Suffolk Punch! !
They’re big but friendly.
Although they are a large breed, it does not mean that they will be difficult to hug. People who take care of the American Mammoth often form strong bonds with them. As with most domesticated animals, they will respond to your kindness and compassion if you show them love.
What are they used for?
American jacks are rarely gelded because of their rarity. Instead, they are bred with mares (a male horse) to produce mules. To produce stronger draft mules, heavier jacks will often be mated to a draft mare (a horse breed that is heavy). They can be driven and ridden.
Are they as care-free as other donkeys or do they require the same attention?
Yes, they do. They are simply a larger version the same species. They require more food than our donkeys, just like a large dog requires more food than a small one. Donkeys are very picky and will eat whatever you give them. Although donkeys are naturally smaller than ponies, they are stronger. They can pull or transport more than horses of the same size because they have a higher power to weight ratio.
Donkeys don’t have waterproof coats like ponies, so they will need shelter or rugs if it gets wet. Like ponies, their winter coat will thicken to keep them warm during the colder months.
Why are their ears so large?
Two reasons are why. First, donkeys will often run away from one another in the wild, unlike horses. They have larger ears which means they can hear from far away when they bray. It is also an important part of their cooling system, as donkeys are derived from desert environments. They can cool off because of their large surface area. They often lean to one side because they are so long. The ears of a Mammoth Donkey are often 33 inches long. This is the height of a miniature donkey!
What is their average life expectancy?
American Mammoth Donkeys live the same life expectancy than any other donkey. They can live between 30 and 50 years as domesticated animals, but they are most likely to live in the 30s. They only live 12-15 years in poor areas.
The American Mammoth Donkey is a rare breed that is less than 300 breeding females worldwide. If you’ve never heard of it or seen one, here’s the reason. We hope you will find it a joy to meet these two beautiful boys when you visit us.
You can meet Jackson and Colorado at our centre if you want to see the American Mammoth Donkey in action!