A Review of the Factors Affecting the Survival of Donkeys in Semi-arid Regions of Sub-Saharan Africa

  title={A Review of the Factors Affecting the Survival of Donkeys in Semi-arid Regions of Sub-Saharan Africa},
  author={D. G. W. Smith and Rebecca A. Pearson},
  journal={Tropical Animal Health and Production},
  • D. Smith, R. Pearson
  • Published 1 November 2005
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Tropical Animal Health and Production
The large fluctuations seen in cattle populations during periods of drought in sub-Saharan Africa are not evident in the donkey population. Donkeys appear to have a survival advantage over cattle that is increasingly recognized by smallholder farmers in their selection of working animals. The donkey's survival advantages arise from both socioeconomic and biological factors. Socioeconomic factors include the maintenance of a low sustainable population of donkeys owing to their single-purpose… 

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