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A zeedonk (also called similar names including zebrass, zebronkey or zenkey) is a mixed breed animal, a cross between a zebra and a donkey. Donkeys are closely related to zebras and belong to the same horse family. Therefore unlike mules, zeedonks are fertile and can reproduce. Zeedonks are very rare. Colchester Zoo in Essex claims to have produced the first zeedonk in 1971. A zeedonk is still exhibited at Colchester, but they now have a policy of preventing interbreeding and so will not be breeding more.

In South Africa they are called a zonkey and are fairly common where zebras and donkeys are found in close proximity. Like mules however, they cannot breed, due to any odd number of chromosomes.

See also: zorse, mule

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