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Very rare and highly endangered: the Somali wild ass / A refuge for old donkeys in Cyprus / donkey stallions and mini mules / Donkey therapy for prisoners / Eight hundred donkeys for milk and cosmetics / Donkeys for riding and driving.



Donkeys were domesticated five thousand years ago and the last wild specimens are extremely vulnerable. There are now Somali wild asses in the Basel Zoo. Around the Mediterranean, the donkey used to be indispensable as a working animal. Now it has outlived its usefulness. On Cyprus, hundreds of old donkeys live in a shelter. New tasks for donkeys include providing rides for children and acting as trekking companions. In the Saxerriet detention centre donkeys are used in therapy for the prisoners. An organic farm in Italy with eight hundred donkeys produces milk and cosmetics.


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