The creation of different hybrids makes for something of wonder.  Have you ever heard of a Zonkey?  We found one in the United States and we're totally intrigued.

WHAT'S A ZONKEY?

A zonkey is a mix between a donkey and a zebra.  Both animals are part of the horse family so they seem to go together fabulously when breeding.  Most of the ones I've seen end up with the donkey body and the zebra legs.  It's quite a spectacle.  Zonkeys are extremely rare and are mostly found in zoos around the world.  One of the most interesting things about the zonkey is that they are sterile, meaning they cannot produce.

According to biologydictionary.net:

Zonkeys are also referred to as zebonkey, zebrinny, zebrula, zebadonks, and several other interesting names, depending on who is breeding them and what combination of donkey and zebra species are being used.

Get our free mobile app

MEET DOMINIQUE FERRARO FROM ZEBRAS R US

ZEBRASRUS
ZEBRASRUS
loading...

As we told you zonkeys are rare but if you have ever thought you would love to have your own zebra or maybe even a zonkey it is actually possible.  There's a place in Quitman, Texas, called Zebras R Us.  It's owned by Dominque Ferraro and she has always had a love for Zebras this is her story;

 My passion for zebras started when I was very young. My mother always had horses in her life. I grew up with a very disciplined riding career, and competed in Dressage, Three Day Eventing, and now competes in The Extreme Cowboy Challenges.  I have always followed my ambitions and goals. In 2003 I was out of school and was bound and determined to get into my real love for zebras. I searched far and wide for the perfect zebra. I purchased my first zebra from a private breeder on the California Coast. A two-year-old Grant Stallion!

HERE'S HOW YOU CAN OWN YOUR OWN ZONKEY OR ZEBRA

The first thing you need to know is these precious animals are not toys.  They take work, attention (A LOT OF ATTENTION), a lot of money, and patience.  The breeds from Zebras R Us are actually hand fed so they are used to other people and their daily activities.

attachment-ZEBRAS R US
loading...

Zonkeys or zebras should be treated more like family than pets.  They are beautiful animals that need to be appreciated.

ZEBRASRUS
ZEBRASRUS
loading...

If you are interested in owning a zebra or zonkey click this link for more info.

THIS IS A ZONKEY!

 

ZEBRASRUS
ZEBRASRUS
loading...

Aren't they the cutest thing EVER!?

ZEBRASRUS
ZEBRASRUS
loading...

There is even a camel for sale but I've heard those things spit I'm not so sure I'd want one LOL.

Select Wildlife You Could Encounter in Kentucky

With all the bear stories--and occasional bobcat stories--that are popping up, maybe it's time we take a look at some of the wildlife you could encounter within these Kentucky borders. Some are harmless and some you want NO part of, in my opinion.

25 Stunning Wildlife Photos from Amboseli National Park in Kenya

For our summer vacation, Kevin and I traveled to Africa for a safari in Kenya. Our first stop was Amboseli National Park, which is world renowned for its impressive population of elephants. And the park delivered. Not only did we see an incredible amount of elephant families, we saw giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, monkeys and, yes, a lion! Here are some of our favorite photos from our visit.