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The Role of Donkeys in the Commodity Supply of a Central Malian Town

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Daily and seasonal activity patterns of donkeys and other transport animals based on 13,556 observations over a nine-month period are analyzed. Donkeys were involved in 97.5% of movements of all transport animals into a central Malian town, and 86.8% of all movements were by donkeys pulling carts, transporting mainly building materials and fuelwood. Overall, there were major peaks of activity during a five-hour period in the morning and a four-hour period in the evening with a two-hour reduction in the early afternoon, but patterns differed among days. Donkeys transporting fuelwood showed one major peak of activity in the late evening irrespective of the day of the week. Seasonal differences in activity were related to the requirement for donkeys in agricultural operations and to the unsuitability of the rainy season for the manufacture of bricks and for building operations.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/089279388787058768

Publication date: March 1, 1987

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