What is a Zonkey?

A “zonkey” is a hybrid cross produced by mating a zebra and a donkey. Zonkeys are not a true species because they have an odd number of chromosomes and cannot reproduce. While zonkeys are rare, they are bred in a number of zoos and specialized farms around the world.

Here is a zonkey at Catawba Farms in Newton, North Carolina. It doesn’t seem to look either like a donkey or a zebra!

Zonkey

Sancho Panza

“Sancho Panza” by C. Paul Jennewein at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.

Don Quixote’s bearded, paunchy companion, Sancho Panza, stands in a relaxed position, leaning against a patient donkey, his hat pushed back on his head. His left hand is on his hip, his right elbow rests upon a blanket covering the donkey’s back, and one foot is crossed nonchalantly over the other. Sancho gestures with his right hand, a typical expression of the character.

Old-timer