I look after a donkey family with three adults and two babies. Some of them are Andalusian giant donkeys which are in extinction.
In the last years I traveled more than three thousand kilometers with my donkeys for to find another time a nice big natural place where they can live mostly free again. The last place was in the Sierra Segura, about 120 hectares with forest, gardens, fields and two abandoned settlements. Ideal for my project.
However, in the winter the air became so bad that even the donkeys escaped. They went to a valley nearby with a different orientation where the wind couldn't bring the pollution. Unfortunately there was no possibility to live for me. So I left this nice area.
A report from the European Environment Agency has revealed that Spain exceeded safe pollution levels 150 times last summer and "thelocal.es" wrote too that Spain is the most polluted country of Europe.
After exploring all natural parks of Andalusia and because of good advices from kind persons I came to Portugal.
After a half year looking around in the Algarve I found a nice place nearby Monchique. My idea is to keep donkeys as natural as possible and share them with all good persons.
As natural as possible means to provide the donkeys a big land with a good vegetation as well as to keep a little herd with adults, youngsters and babies.
The benefits for visitors are to see the donkeys in a nice surrounding and the possibility to observe their natural behavior like how they interact, graze, play, run and how the babies are fed by their mothers and be taught and last but not least to get the unique energy from really happy donkeys and a natural place. Specially for children it is a nice adventure to walk on little paths trough the forest to search the donkeys. Of course I know where they are, so success is guaranteed and the children can cuddle and play with the donkeys. And when we speak about donkey therapy, what kind of donkeys can be better for therapy than really happy donkeys? Also, keeping donkeys in these conditions new possibilities do emerge.
Sanctuary Happy Donkeys is a non profit project which with your support will become a great benefit to the donkeys and for any responsible nature friend.
Still many donkeys in Spain and Portugal are in poor condition. Overworked and nowadays more and more negelcted because of no need of use. They are malnourished, haggard (emaciated) and also with untreated hoves which can be very painful for them.
Contributions for the donkeys and other essentials for the project are very gracefully and gratefully acepted. * Please check details below.
I keep a family of five donkeys and offer unique walks in beautiful nature with them. All donkeys are very well kept, social and lovely to everyone. If you like to have a nice time with the donkey family, more information is available on the Donkey-Walks site.
If you wish to contact me please visit the Contact & News site.
Looking forward to hearing form you, Robert.
* Robert Nestmann - Banco CTT - Iban: PT50019300001050069418667 - Bic/Swift: CTTVPTPL
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Camaron Lucia Roberto (spanish - a lot of photos) and Calufi Frelu (english - some photos)
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