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 .
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:
- information for prospective investors in donkey farming, processing and export of donkey products in the NT
- the commercial donkey enterprise road map
- processing donkeys for export .
Last updated: 29 April 2021
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