Trivia Tuesday: Donkeys vs. Elephants

Donkey vs. Elephants

Every Tuesday we'll share a few fun animal facts with you from experts all over the country. In honor of Election Day, today’s facts are about two political animals — donkeys and elephants.


Today’s expert: Dr. Jessica Vogelsang (better known as Dr. V), a veterinarian and writer. Dr. V. volunteers regularly with international veterinary aid organization World Vets. She spent a week in Arusha, Tanzania, on a donkey aid project learning firsthand just how much a donkey kick can hurt. For more about her adventures, visit

  • Donkeys can kick some butt. Although considered affable and placid, donkeys are also known for their stubborn streak and can deliver a forceful sideways kick when provoked.
  • Donkeys have great hearing abilities. Their large ears allow them to hear the call of another donkey from three kilometers away. Plus, their ears help them cool down by dissipating heat from the desert.
  • Donkeys and zebras can mate. Thanks to their close genetic ties, if these two animals mate, they can produce a "zedonk."


Today's expert: The Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Zoo Education Team. The zoo educators at Busch Gardens believe in “edu-tainment,” and each day this team finds new ways to teach guests about the more than 2,000 animals that call the Florida theme park home, including elephants.

  • Elephant leaders are ladies. The head of an elephant family is female and known as the matriarch. She is often the oldest, largest or most experienced elephant in the herd.
  • Elephants can use low frequency sound waves for communication. These sounds carry for distances up to 10 miles.
  • Slightly over 35,000 Asian elephants remain in Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, forests are being destroyed because of the commercial demand for coffee, tea, rubber and hardwoods.

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