Monday, July 27, 2015

Shambat Sudan

Today's picture is from 1936 and it shows a remote area near Shambat, Sudan. I like how we see a time and place where the humble donkey was still the prime mode of transportation. Interestingly there are still part of Africa where the Donkey is still King of the Road.

Below is an amazing picture from a remote region of Kenya known as Pokot. In Pokot the Donkey is still King of the Road. This region is known for milk productions and all the little farmers and families have a milk cow or two. The interesting thing is that they milk their cows, load the milk onto their donkey, and then the donkey walks to milk to the dairy on his own. He goes right to where he is supposed to, and waits in line till he is unloaded and then walks home. We also see that people will take their donkey to a water hole, load him with water, and then the donkey will walk the water home on his own, and just stand by the house waiting for someone to unload him. Really amazing. The picture below shows the donkey's going on their own to deliver the milk to the dairy.


  1. It is hard to imagine what human history would be like without this creature.

  2. Very amazing. They must be remarkably content animals. Thanks for sharing this with us.
    -Anne K.

  3. I can't remember which magazine--maybe Smithsonian?--I read an article about the donkey within the last year or so. It talked about donkeys as the "jeep" or the "pickup truck," I forget which, of history. You can tell what kind of memory I have! But I did get the gist of it, which your story and picture capture perfectly. Donkeys have perfect patience, and are very strong and smart. We think of, say, camels, as being great long-haul animals. But they have to have humans to supervise and their mood isn't "content" as said above of donkeys. I've never met either animal in person, but I think I'd vote for the donkey. Once it knows where home or place it's supposed to go is, it can get the task done. Thanks so much for all the pictures you've been sending from 1936 Africa, and the modern ones that have come with it. You've taught me, at least, a lot, in this armchair travelogue.

  4. Donkeys are definitely smarter than horses. That's why they are crossed to produce mules---a larger animal that can do more work but knows when to quit and not wear itself out. Both donkeys and mules are aggressive toward predators. I've seem donkeys put with sheep to protect them from wolves, coyotes, etc. My neighbors had a few donkeys over the years, very sweet loyal animals.


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