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Feral Donkey

Introduced to Australia from Africa in 1866 to work as pack animals they are now common in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory, Central Australia, and Western Australia. Estimates now put their population as high as 5 million across Australia.

The feral donkey is well-adapted to arid regions and is most abundant in the Kimberley pastoral district of Western Australia and the Victoria River area of the Northern Territory. Lower densities are found in the semi-arid regions and deserts of central and western Australia.

They can tolerate various environmental conditions and produce a foal every year, so the population can increase by 25% per annum with good conditions. Feral donkeys are a serious threat to the balance of the native environment and potential carriers of endemic and exotic diseases. They increase erosion of soil and waterways, spread weeds, trample native vegetation, eat native seedlings, cause sedimentation of water bodies, destroy infrastructure and compete with native species and domestic cattle for resources.

Feral donkeys are both grazers and browsers and feed during the day on a wide variety of plants. They can subsist on coarser vegetation than horses and in the Kimberley region are attracted to perennial tussock grasslands. Large mobs of up to 500 animals congregate on residual sources of water and favoured grazing areas during the dry season. During the wet season they disperse in groups of less than 30 individuals to take advantage of the abundant growth. The AVert team are experienced in ground and aerial shooting solutions for donkeys and when preferred, mustering operations utilising Judas Donkeys.

Target Species

Read more about how AVert Services target feral animal populations impacting on Australia's diverse and unique native ecosystem.

Feral Deer

Feral Pigs

Wild Dogs


Feral Pigeons

Feral goats

Feral Camels

Feral Donkey


Feral Horses


Feral Cats