Resident Donkeys

Donkeys, like horses, exist in many sizes, shapes and colors. Simply put, you can place them in three categories, minis, standards and mammoths. Lolita and Peanut are classified as mammoth donkeys.

Bella Luna

Bella Luna is a 5 year old female donkey who is Tutti's daughter. Tutti was rescued from a Texas kill pen just before she was to be sent to slaughter, About a month after Tutti arrived we discovered she was pregnant with Bella. Bella is super high energy, Always into everything with her tail wagging like a dog.


Casanova is one of three donkeys that came to Rancho Burro as a result to their elderly owner's failed health. Casanova is a male standard size donkey, approximtly 15 years old, in good health. He is a buddy with Dory, one of our other recent additions. The three were in a small sand coral wth little room to move around. They are loving the fact that their new pasture is big enough to get up some speed.


Dory is approximayly 15 years old and a very sweet standard size female donkey. She came to Rancho Burro with two others when her owner was incapacitated and could no longer care for them. Dory is in good health and is integrating into the herd very well. Dory is very friendly and is a sucker for scratces by visitors.



Chili is a 30 year old standard size donkey.  She was so emaciated when she arrived here that we were woried she might not make it. Her ribs stuck out so that she looked like skin over bones. We speculate that she was being offered food that was bad for her age. Now that she is on a diet suitable for her age she is eating veraciously and gaining weight. Donkeys can live to 50; so Chili can expect to have a nice long life here at Rancho Burro.

Chili is one of three donkeys that came here when their owner became too ill to care for them.


Norton is a 4 year old male donkey that was isolated in a boarding facility. A vet tipped us off to his delema and we got permission to rescue him. After arriving at RBDS Norton got his long hoofs trimmed, was given a check-up and got his own stall. Norton has integrated well with the other donkeys. He is the most playful of all by encouraging the others to play tug of war with various toys.


Rosie is a rare, white, standard size donkeys, who we guess, is about 8 years old. Rosie came to us along with Bo from a ranch in Carmel where the owner died and left a large number of animals to fend for them selves. Rosie is a “live wire” who loves to inspire what we call donkey rodeo. She gets the rest of the herd running around like a bunch of barrel racers. A few of the videos on this site show Rosie at her best.


Bo is a BIG boy, that fits the classification of a mammoth donkey.

Bo is a recent rescue from a ranch in Carmel Ca where he and buddy donkey Rosie, were found abandoned. The owner had died and Bo and 8 other abandoned donkeys were discovered by a neighbor. Bo had some skin issues from being continually wet under his fur coat but that has been taken care of. Bo is a mammoth donkey, about 18 years old. Someone that claims to have known a previous owner of Bo says that he was ridden in a past Rose Parade.

We have installed Bo as our official greeter since he is so sweet and always the first to welcome visitors.

Gracie and Henry

Gracie and Henry, two standard size, silver color donkeys, came to us based on on a tip from a friend who knew about their dilemma. They were residing at a Creston, Ca. ranch where they were getting no care. They both had long, overgrown hoofs which, in normal circumstances, should have been trimmed every 6 weeks by an equine ferrier. We have been trimming their hoofs gradually to get them to where they should be. We estimate Gracie is about 15 and Henry about 10 years old. They are very close buddies and can always be found together.


Ruby, the only mule at RBDS, (a mule being half horse and half donkey), was rescued from a Texas holding pen where she was shortly going to be trucked off to a rendering plant in Mexico. Ruby, of draft animal build, is believed to be 22 years old. Ruby is a beautiful red color with a blond mane. Her years have resulted in warn teeth that make it hard to chew hay effectively, so she gets a diet of hay cubes that she can eat. Despite the fact that she is different from the rest of the herd is not a problem at all. She and Jojo are“ buddies”


Tutti, a 6 year old, standard size female, came to RBDS from a Texas holding pen where she had only days before being sent to slaughter in Mexico. She is the sweetest donkey at RBDS; giving credence to the notion that rescued animals seem to know the score. Surprisingly, Tutti, turned out to be “with child” when she arrived via cross country transporter.

Tutti gave birth to Bella Luna, who now, at 5 years old, looks just like Tutti.


Jojo, the most “laid back” member of the group, is one of only two males in the Rancho Burro herd. Jojo is 23 years old and has the classic burro markings; a cross on top of his light brown torso. Before joining the RBDS herd, Jojo was the victim of bad cowboy roping practice and bad diet. Consequently, he suffered a significant amount of physical and mental damage. However, he has made great progress overcoming those problems in recent years.