Donkeys arrived with some of the first settlers on these islands to help start civilisation here in the Azores and have always played a huge role in the culture of the islands for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, the donkey population has experienced a severe decline over the past few decades. Just 40 years ago, there were over 2000 donkeys living among the Azores islands; today there are less than 80 in São Miguel. They are more than just an endangered species—they are a crucial piece of history. In providing them with care and rehabilitation, we hope to preserve their role on these islands.
Through our immersive donkey experiences, we hope to share their unique friendliness while while spreading awareness about animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect. We believe that through responsible tourism, we can help guests engage deeply with the Azores and the donkeys, which have been an integral part of the land.
We believe all beings especially the children deserve the opportunity to connect with nature and animals. We offer locals free opportunities to visit us here in Agua D’Alto. We are grateful for the support of travels from all over the world who help us give back to this community.