Keeping horses, donkeys and mules

Donkey control and commercial farming

Donkeys are classed as a feral animal in the Northern Territory (NT) under the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1976.

It's against the law to release donkeys into the wild.

Managing feral donkey herds

In the NT, feral donkey numbers are kept down through:

  • aerial control
  • ground culling
  • trapping and selling
  • non-lethal fertility control.

To find out where feral donkeys are found in the NT, read the NT donkey distribution map JPG (631.2 KB).

Farming feral donkeys

If you want to catch feral donkeys inside NT parks and reserves for commercial harvesting or if you want to farm them, contact the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT to discuss your proposal.

For their contact information, go to the Departure of Environment, Parks and Water Security website.

For more information about donkey farming in the NT, read:


David Frost
Senior Meat Industries Officer
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
Phone: 08 8999 2255

Linda Lee
Director Agribusiness Development
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
Phone: 08 8999 6058

Chris Mouat
Director Investment Services
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet
Phone: 08 8999 7806

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Last updated: 29 April 2021

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