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Asinara donkey

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Other names  Asino dell'Asinara
Distribution  Sardinia
Rank  Breed
Country of origin  Italy
MIPAAF  Breed standard
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Distinguishing features  predominantly albinistic
Similar  Amiatina, Catalan donkey, Provence Donkey, Andalusian donkey, American mammoth donkey

The Asinara donkey, Italian: Asino dell'Asinara ([ˈaːzino dellaziˈnaːra]), is a breed of feral donkey indigenous to the island of Asinara, which lies off the north-west coast of Sardinia, Italy, in the province of Sassari. Most of the population is wholly or partly albinistic; the small number of grey donkeys on the island are also considered part of the population, and are probably heterozygous carriers of the albino gene. The Asinara donkey is one of the eight autochthonous donkey breeds of limited distribution recognised by the Ministero delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali, the Italian ministry of agriculture and forestry. It is called ainu, borricu or molenti in Sardinian.

Asinara donkey The Land of White Asinara Donkey Sardinia

There are approximately 120 individuals on the island. Others are in the natural reserve of Porto Conte in Alghero and at the Istituto di Incremento Ippico at Foresta Burgos, and a few are raised in Tuscany and in Emilia Romagna.

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History

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The Asinara donkey probably derives from a chance mutation in the population of Sardinian donkeys abandoned on the island by the inhabitants when they were forcibly evacuated from it following the law of 28 June 1885, under which Asinara was to be transformed into a lazaret and penal colony. It is also possible that the breed descends from white donkeys imported from Egypt in the 19th century by the Duca dell'Asinara.

Asinara donkey Guide to Sardinia Asinara National Park suggested Itinerary

References

Asinara donkey Wikipedia


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