Wild donkeys, also known as asses, were first domesticated over 5,000 years ago in the Middle East. Ethiopia leads the list of countries with the most donkeys with over 7 million head, followed by China, Pakistan, and Mexico. Pakistan is planning to grow its population for export to China. India ranks #25 in the world with 300,000 donkeys. See the complete list below. This data, and much more great information, is available from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.