This page is for children and teachers visiting the donkeys during the Summer School programme. At the foot of this page are some links to follow-up activities that teachers may want to use in the classroom.
About the donkeys:
Matilde is a six year old part-Andalusian mixed breed donkey with the classic dark brown donkey cross on her back, and she is also lately beginning to develop a distinctive dappled colouring of dark brown spots over her mostly grey coat. She is much bigger than the others and she carries a pack saddle with bags. She is quite happy to carry a load of 50 kilos. Matilde likes being brushed, but doesn’t like too much fuss: she is not a donkey for cuddling!
Aitana is three years old. She is a very pretty donkey and very cuddly, but the thing to watch out for is that she will reach out and tap you on the leg lightly with her hoof, offering you her front leg: but do not take hold of her foot as she will then rear up! Rearing must be avoided for safety reasons.
Morris is also three years old. At present he is being trained with long-reins to pull the donkey cart and he does it quite well. He licks everything so he will probably want to lick you. He is very affectionate and is the best candidate for smaller children who want to cuddle a donkey.
Rubí is five years old. She is Morris’s mother and she is the “Eeyore” of the family: she spends the day mostly apart from the others, gazing into the distance, wondering if today is Tuesday. She will occasionally reach out and do a “play” bite, a light nip on your shoulder, leg or arm, but without closing her jaw to squeeze the skin. I think this is just to check you are real and not a figment of her imagination. You can cuddle Rubí but she doesn’t care whether you do or not.
For younger children here are some links to donkey activities There are also galleries of previous years’ donkey photos in the menus under the blog banner above ( 2011 is the year of the foals, with the photos of baby donkeys!)