Posted by on Oct 16, 2009 in Interesting Facts | 0 comments


Today I want to talk about zonkeys. Or, if you prefer, how about zebrass, zebronkey, zeass, zeedonk, zedonk, zebadonk, zenkey, donbra, donbri, donkra, zebrinny, zebrula, or… clive. No matter what you call it, the math is simple: zebra + donkey = zonkey.

Zebra hybrids, which may or may not be more fuel efficient than standard donkeys, have been around for over a century. While the zebra is not the sort of beast that can be domesticated, being prone to panic and attack under stress, there are a few instances wherein a wild zebra was mated with a donkey. (or in other cases, a horse, resulting in the zorse… or horbra)

The Colchester Zoo in England had a Zeedonk exhibit for some time, after an accidental mating incident, but the last one died earlier this year. English curiosity seekers can still head over to Groombridge Place, an old mansion turned tourist destination, where they keep a zeedonk on the grounds.

There is only once known instance of a zeedonk born to a zebra mother. (2005 in Barbados) Technically, that would be a zebrinny while the other way around, with a zebra dad, is a zebrula. Know your zonkey terminology or risk looking silly at the next garden party!