Some morphological traits of Sudanese donkeys in Tamboul area, Sudan
Elkhair BMH, Seri HI, Ghurashi MAH
This study was carried out to investigate some morphological traits of Sudanese donkey in Tamboul area. Also the study is aimed at studying the coat colors of donkeys in the area. To achieve such purpose two hundred working donkeys (122 male and78 female) were used in the study. Six exterior measurements were taken from each donkey as follow: Height at withers, body length, head length, neck length, the back length and heart girth circumference. The main coat color of the donkeys was determent as part of the study and it was studied also. Linear measurements were measured using measuring stick and circumference was measured using measuring tape. This study is the first report which investigates the morphological characterization for Sudanese donkeys in Tamboul area based on some body measurements and coat color. Our comparative analysis of morphological parameters used in this study; such as a height at withers, body length, heart girth circumference, head length, neck length and back length; suggests that the Sudanese donkeys are typical African donkeys, while they are in the same height of Turkish donkeys but shorter than the Bulgarian donkey.