Tijuana’s painted donkey-zebras have some distant counsins – in a Gaza Strip zoo.
Here in Tijuana, visiting the famous donkey-zebras is a time-honored tradition for tourists to Tijuana’s Avenida Revolucion. You get the family and friends together around the painted donkey, don some sombreros and ponchos, and SNAP – a photo is taken. The city’s unofficial mascots were apparently painted with black strips as far back as the 1940s so that they could show up more clearly in the black-and-white photos.
Across the world, donkey-zebras are now appearing in the Marah Land Zoo, though in this case the painted stripes for educational purposes. The idea is to teach Palestinian kids about zebras. According to this Reuters story, the donkeys were painted with women’s hair dye using a paintbrush after it became clear that importing a real zebra would cost $40,000 or so.