Camp Amalinda in Matopos is not only famous for its unique rooms, beautiful rock pool and diverse experiences – We are also lucky enough to be home to a rare animal called a Zonkey/Zedonk that lives amongst the wild Zebra herds at Camp Amalinda.
Pictured here at Amalinda – a Zonkey is a hybrid animal that is created by cross-breeding two different species of animal that belong to the same genetic group. Technically though, an individual is only classed as a Zonkey if it is sired from a male Zebra and female Donkey, as one that has a male Donkey and female Zebra parents is known as a Zedonk. Like many other animal hybrids around the world including the Mule and the Liger, the Zonkey is a sterile creature meaning that it cannot produce offspring of it’s own.
The Zonkey tends to be of a similar size to the horse, donkey or zebra but takes on a more definitive Donkey-like appearance, with the obvious exception of inheriting the uniquely-striped pattern on their fur from their Zebra parent – on our Zonkey pictured here you can see the stripes formed on its legs.
Guests who have been lucky enough to spot this rare species at Camp Amalinda are always perplexed at spotting the Zonkey and often say it is amongst their most unusual sightings in Africa.
As our Zonkey is a wild animal living amongst the zebra herds, we haven’t yet given it a name so we would like to invite you to give us your suggestions for names for our Zonkey and hope you can join us at Camp Amalinda to spot this rare species, amongst other exciting experiences.