Got an itch to scratch?

Got an itch to scratch?

donkey scratches
Eeleta, RSPCA Lockwood Centre for Donkeys and Horses

Did you know that donkeys prefer to be scratched rather than patted?

Patting is not part of donkey behaviour so it’s not something they really understand. Scratching, on the other hand, is similar to mutual grooming, something they enjoy and find very relaxing. So next time you meet a donkey, why not try giving them a good scratch instead of a pat? I guarantee, you’ll have a new best friend.

Copyright 2016 Amy Swift
Donkey Efficiency

Donkey Efficiency

Feeding Donkeys
Donkey tea time at Lockwood Centre for Donkeys and Horses

Did you know that donkeys have extremely efficient digestive systems?

Donkeys are much better at digesting food than horses and ponies, absorbing 95% of what they eat. In the desert, where donkeys evolved, food is scarce, so their digestive systems can break down inedible vegetation and extract moisture from food very efficiently. Read more

10 Easy Enrichment Ideas for Donkeys

10 Easy Enrichment Ideas for Donkeys

Enrichment Ideas for Donkeys
Donkeys with willow log and treat bucket, RSPCA Lockwood

Environmental enrichment helps animals in zoos, sanctuaries, on farms and in our homes to carry out their natural behaviours, providing mental stimulation and physical activity vital to their health and well-being. Here are 10 easy, fun and inexpensive enrichment ideas for donkeys: Read more