Baby Zedonk, Chestatee Wildlife Preserve Dahlonega, Georgia

What Do You Get When You Cross a Donkey With a Zebra?

What do you get when you cross a donkey with a zebra? A zedonk, of course! The owners of the non-profit Chestatee Wildlife Preserve near Dahlonega, Georgia got a big surprise recently when their mama donkey gave birth to her mixed breed foal. Since she was born with striped legs and a solid body, they named the baby Pippi Longstockings. The foal has attributes of both donkey and zebra. Though she sports stripes, she is much less skittish than a zebra and seems not to mind all the attention she is getting.

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is a non-profit wildlife animal rescue operation that is set up like a zoo so that visitors can enjoy their residents. The facility is open to the public 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 and younger. They accept cash and check only, and unlike many other facilities of its kind, donations and revenues from admissions at Chestatee are devoted to caring for the animals; none of the funds are used for administrative purposes or site maintenance. The Preserve is located in north central Georgia, near the border with North Carolina, near the historic gold mining town of Dahlonega, which is also well worth a visit.

14 Comments on “What Do You Get When You Cross a Donkey With a Zebra?

  1. i would love to have one of these. i would name him zanie:) do you know how much they would be?

  2. Oh, what a nice sight. I don’t actually know how to react to this but I guess it’s acceptable. I just hope that it won’t be done as often. In some ways it looks really special.

  3. I found you and your story on Stumbleupon and I find you so inspirational. I have this project called 8 Women Dream, would you ever be interested in guest posting for us and tell your story about how you changed your life for your dreams? How wonderful to travel . . .

    • Hi Catherine: I might be interested in guest posting at some point in the future, but I am SO swamped right now trying to get everything in place to leave in a few days and just rolling out a new design for my site today that I can’t even consider it until I return from Asia. Thanks for asking, and check back with me in a few months.

  4. Zedonk is the perfect name for such a cute creature. The next time I visit my mom in Alpharetta, I’m taking the short drive north to Dahlonega

  5. What a great name but somehow it feels a little odd to me. I saw a liger (lion+tiger) in a zoo once (though this was done intentionally). The zedonk has come out with great colours with its stripey legs.

  6. Reminds me of an animal from Africa whose name doesn’t come to mind at the moment. Looks very much like a zedonk – which by the way has instantly become one of my favorite words.

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