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The family of Horses and Donkeys

The family of horses and dunkeys 

Did you know that horses, asses (donkeys), and zebras belong to the Equus group, which is part of the family Equdae of mammals?  The term equine refers to any member of the Equus group, that most likely originated in North America and spread quickly to the Old World. Equines are odd-toed ungulates with slender legs, long heads, relatively long necks, manes (erect in most subspecies) and long tails. All species are herbivorous, and mostly grazers with simpler digestive systems than ruminants but able to subsist on lower quality vegetation.

While the domestic horse and donkey exist worldwide, wild equine populations are limited to Africa and Asia. Wild equine social systems come in two forms; a harem system with tight-knit groups consisting of one adult male or stallion, several females or mares and their young or foals; and a territorial system where males establish territories with resources that attract females, which associate very fluidly. In both systems, females take care of their offspring but males may play a role as well. Equines communicate with each other both visually and vocally.

Click here to watch a video that presents some additional details about the Equus group. 

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