The Equid's Role in Farming & Livelihoods
Mitchell Mutumba, a Namibian farmer told that they use the donkey for the farm animals protection. The donkey if trained, will never allow the predators to enter the farm. That is really a very new a strange fact for me.
The donkey consumes the woody vegetation of bushes, shrubs and trees. They can consume and digest the dried and fallen parts of the flora in dry season with the help of the strong and diverse gut microbiome. This specialized microbiome along with the nutrients rich manure make a way to transfer to the soil through manure and helps in the enrichment of the soil and sustain the life of the soil microbiome. The soil microbiome provides nutrients to the rhizosphere of the plants and give them the power to sustain and tolerate the droughts and high temperatures. This way, we have the rich and fertile soil today. Though all herbivores play the important ecological role in ecosystem management but donkey is topping all.
Where the donkeys graze, the soil has improved, plants have returned, and wildfire intensity and frequency have decreased. A major study documented that wild donkeys dig wells, which provide water to many wild animals such as marsupials, birds, and predators, and create nurseries for plants.
The author is the founder of the world donkey day to highlight the importance of this precious animal. https://www.algoafm.co.za/local/it-is-world-donkey-day-hee-haw And https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/world-donkey-day/
Today is world donkey day, congratulation to you all. Let us spread awareness about this kind and soulful animal. It needs a sympathetic response from its human masters. The donkey is still a very useful and sustainable animal everywhere. In the future, the donkey will play again a very crucial role.
World Donkey Day is the brainchild of Raziq, a scientist whose interests primarily concern desert animals. Around ten years ago, he noticed …