Corsican Donkey

$800.00

The Corsican donkey, is a breed of domestic donkey from the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Its numbers have fallen alarmingly and two associations are seeking its official recognition as a breed.




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    Corsican Donkey For Sale

    The Corsican donkey, is a breed of domestic donkey from the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Its numbers have fallen alarmingly and two associations are seeking its official recognition as a breed.

    The indigenous Corsican donkey is small and usually grey, and it is thought to have been present on the island since Roman times. In modern times attempts have been made to increase its size by cross-breeding with imported stock including the Catalan donkey from Spain, donkeys from the French mainland, and the Martina Franca donkey from Puglia in Italy. A larger black type of donkey, standing 1.20–1.30 m, has developed.

    Before the mechanisation of transport and agriculture in the 1930s there were more than 20,000 donkeys in Corsica. Until the 1960s large numbers were sold to the meat markets of Italy and mainland France.

    The current population of the Corsican Donkey is estimated at about 1000. Its conservation status was listed as “critical” by the SAVE Foundation in 2008

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