Meet our Donkeys



Born from a rescued mother, this donkey has an engaging and funny personality. She shows how donkeys without fear are happy to interact with humans. Alice is a clown sometimes - and loves interacting with the children who visit us.



This large dark brown donkey is one of our most fearful rescue cases. He is slowly learning to trust humans again. Andy has a strong personality and this handsome donkey is the informal leader of our main herd of donkeys.



Rescued from a petting zoo, this donkey has a heritage of zebra which can be seen on his legs. Insatiably curious, like most donkeys, he has a sweet nature - just like the name he carries.



This shaggy long-haired donkey was rescued from a petting zoo, covered in filth. She has bounced back after rehabilitation and is now very friendly and inquisitive. She loves being playful and interacting with visitors.

Dowwe Dolla

dowwe dolla

Named after a South African performer (who has met her), this glamorous mare with dark brown fur and long blonde hair highlights, was rescued from terrible circumstances. Now she shows how pretty and happy a donkey can really be.




With a beautiful dark cross on her back she was adopted by us after her owners realised they did not have the time or skills to care for her. She is an example of the stoic wisdom and tranquility donkeys display.



This very shy girl was overfed and about to be slaughtered for lion food. We rescued her. Donkeys need a balanced diet. Sheila is now receiving proper food and love at our Sanctuary.



Found badly neglected with barbed wire caught up around one hind leg which almost severing her tendons. Our largest donkey with the biggest ears this gracious girl is much loved by many.

Hansel& Gretel

hansel gretel

Found severely neglected in a forest on a wine estate, they were desperate for attention. These two are closely bonded and now are happy and playful, as young donkeys should be.



Lola was destined for food for a lion park. She is now safe and cared for. She is still timid around humans but is slowly coming out of her shell.

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Blondie is a shy donkey with a history of neglect and abuse. The long mane and blonde hair in the ears is unusual and very striking. She is slowly getting used to humans with the kind interaction of our care staff and our visitors.



Beauty is a lovely dappled grey colour which is rare in donkeys. An old eye injury results in tears running down her cheek and we treat her skin daily to protect it.



So called after the farm where he was rescued. His story is an example of the power of collaboration by different people who rallied around to get him to his for-ever home. His sweet nature will steal your heart.



Oscar is Mindy’s father and they look alike, with their light-coloured coats and beautiful dark crosses. They are very closely bonded and often stay slightly separate from the herd. Oscar came to us because his badly neglected hooves needed specialist attention.



Luna is one of our youngest donkeys and is still very shy at times. She is closely bonded to Penny who we think may be her granny. Luna and Penny came to us from an animal rescue organisation in Cape Town.




Penny came to us from an animal rescue organisation in Cape Town. She has learned that interactions with humans are positive experiences, and is very sweet natured. She is very protective of her food, which is a natural response.


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About Us

Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary provides a permanent refuge for abused, neglected and elderly donkeys.

Tel - +27 (0) 23 625 1593

Fax - +27 (0) 86 614 7777

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