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Domesticated donkeys (Equus asinus) are found all over the world, but prefer dry and warm areas. They are hardy animals that can live with little food and water. While they like to eat grass, they also eat shrubs and desert plants.

The highest number of donkeys can be found in Ethiopia, followed by China and Pakistan. Outside of Africa, Mexico, Iran and Afghanistan make it into the Top 5.



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Technical Notes

Territory size is proportionate to the number of donkeys there in 2016.

Data sources
This map uses data by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)  (last accessed March 2018). (last accessed March 2018).The data on livestock numbers are intended to cover all domestic animals irrespective of their age and the place or purpose of their breeding. Estimates have been made for non-reporting countries as well as for countries reporting incomplete data. We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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