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Donkeys were what Alpha-Omega called the apes who sided with them in the war against the San Francisco Ape Colony. Most of these Donkeys defected either out of fear of Caesar or loyalty to Koba.

Under the command of J. Wesley McCullough, the donkeys served as mere slaves, being used to do their bidding like carrying weapons, enforcement, and helping move equipment. They were also forced to have "Donkey" painted on their backs and the Greek letters for Alpha and Omega, branded on either temple.



Led by Red, these apes were originally followers of Koba who attempted to overthrow Caesar. However, the coup failed and they fled to avoid being found by Caesar. Soon, they sided with Colonel McCullough's forces for survival and revenge against Caesar. The Donkeys were formed and branded, so they would not be mistaken for the enemy, with Red selected as leader.

War for the Planet of the Apes[]

Under McCullough's command, the Donkeys were used to do menial tasks such as carrying weapons and helping move equipment. Red and a few other Donkeys were used to help Alpha-Omega scout out Ceasar's base for an attack. However, the attack failed with only Red and four soldiers surviving.

A gorilla named Winter joined the Donkeys in an act of cowardice after giving the location of Ape Waterfall to Alpha-Omega, resulting in the deaths of Cornelia and Blue Eyes. He was later confronted by Caesar, who told him the consequences on his cowardice before inadvertently suffocating Winter when the latter attempted to call for help. Later, when Caesar and his ape colony were captured to build a defensive wall, the Donkeys enforced the ape colony.

During the Battle of the Border, the Donkeys were wiped out when Caesar blew up the defensive wall that they were stationed on. Red redeemed himself in his last moments by killing Preacher and saving Caesar, allowing Caesar to blow up the wall and the base, saving the rest of the apes.

Known Members[]

A total of twelve chimpanzees and two gorillas have served Colonel McCullough as Donkeys, Most of these were former Koba Loyalists, except for the evolved albino gorilla, Winter, who joined McCullough out of fear and not just because of loyalty to Koba.

Known Members[]

Ape Species Status Position Photo
Red Gorilla Deceased Leader
Winter Gorilla Deceased Soldier
Pongo Chimpanzee Deceased Soldier
Unnamed Donkey Chimpanzee Deceased Soldier
Unnamed Donkey 2 Chimpanzee Deceased Soldier
Donkey with Whip

Equipment and Training[]

  • Guns: The Donkeys, already trained and experienced soldiers of Caesar's Ape Army before their defection, were also given access, to some degree, to human weaponry, such as firearms and explosives by their Human superiors. They were presumably trained in their use by Alpha Omega.
  • Expert Tacticians: The Donkeys were likely given some degree of formal military training in human small unit tactics and maybe even higher level strategy.


  • Due to his white fur, the Alpha-Omega soldiers used black ink for the "Donkey" tattoo on Winter's back.


  • According to director Matt Reeves, the name "Donkeys" is both a reference to the video game character Donkey Kong and like donkeys, they are used as pack animals.

Image Gallery[]

Planet of the Apes - 20th Century Reboot Series
Planet of the Apes (CE) Movies
Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | War for the Planet of the Apes | Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes | Untitled fifth Planet of the Apes film
Main Evolved Ape Characters
Caesar | Bright Eyes | Koba | Maurice | Rocket | Buck | Cornelia | Blue Eyes | Luca | Ash | Cornelius | Winter | Lake | Bad Ape | Red | Noa | Soona | Anaya | Raka | Koro | Dar | Proximus Caesar | Sylva | Lightning
Supporting Ape Characters
Alpha | Burke | Verdon | Tinker | Grey | Stone | Andy | Wolfie | Jeanpierre | Lucky | Koba's Mother | Sparrow | Pope | Fifer | Cora | Rex | Bon | Dallas | Milo | Herman | Spear | Ajax | Oak | Fox | Aghoo | Ursus | Percy | Beardface | Armando | Luna | Oda | Rust
Main Human Characters
Will Rodman | Charles Rodman | Caroline Aranha | Robert Franklin | Steven Jacobs | Dodge Landon | John Landon | Douglas Hunsiker | Malcolm | Ellie | Alexander | Dreyfus | Carver | Foster | Colonel McCullough | Nova | Mae | Trevathan
Supporting Human Characters
Rodney | John Hamil | Rita | Sarah | Maddy | John | Edward | Roger Mason | Werner | Kemp | Clancy Stoppard | Corbin | Daniel Nygun | David Flynn | Finney | Kuo | Malakai Youmans | Max (Firestorm) | McVeigh | Terry | Roger | Rod Wilson | Preacher | Boyle | Lang | Travis | Korina
Rodman Family | Caesar's Family | Malcolm's Family | Rocket's Family | Dreyfus' Family
Horse | Elk | Grizzly Bear | Eagle | Zebra
Items / Weapons
Simian Flu
Important Events / Battles
Ape Rebellion | Human-Ape War | Simian Flu Pandemic | Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge | Battle in San Francisco | Battle of Muir Woods Park | Attack on Ape Waterfall | Battle of the Border
Organizations / Colonies / Companies
San Francisco Ape Colony | Caesar's Council of Apes | Caesar's Ape Army | Gen-Sys Board | San Francisco's Human Colony | Dreyfus' Human Army | Malcolm's Group | Alpha-Omega | Donkeys | Florida Ape Colony | Rocky Mountains Ape Colony | Eagle Clan | Coastal Ape Colony | Order of Caesar | Satellite Human Colony
West African Jungle | San Francisco | San Francisco Zoo | Gen-Sys Laboratories | Rodman House | San Bruno Primate Shelter | Golden Gate Bridge | Muir Woods Park | Ape Mountain | Ape Gate | Ape Village | Caesar's Home | Warehouse | Ape Waterfall | The Border | Oasis
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (webcomic) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Before the Dawn | War for the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man | Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age | Planet of the Apes: Devolution
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations | War for the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | Caesar’s Story
Other Books
Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | War for the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album)
Video Games
Plague Inc: Simian Flu | Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier | Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR