Burro

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Physical Characteristics

The wild burro has long ears, a short mane and can reach a height of 4 feet at the shoulder. They can grow to about 350 lbs. Their coats are usually a blend of grey, black or brown with lighter shades on the snout and underbelly.

Habitat & Diet

Burros thrive in arid climates. In fact, they can live in any desert as long they have access to drinking water. The biggest population of burros is in Mexico, where estimates believe the animals’ number to be above 3 million. They are herbivores and eat a variety of desert vegetation.

Social Behavior

Burros are very docile and when in the wild live in small herds. Females give birth to one colt a year on average. Due to a lack of natural predators or competitors, burros can live as long as 25 years in the wild.

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Fascinating Facts

    • Burros can tolerate water loss up to 30% of their body weight and replenish it in only 5 minutes of drinking! A human needs medical attention if they lose just 10% and would take a full day of intermittent drinking to fully recover.

Status In The Wild

Burros have been widely domesticated for centuries, first arriving to the Americas with Spanish explorers. Though they can be hard to find in some parts of the western United States, the species is thriving throughout the southwest and Latin America in particular.

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