The Donkey Sanctuary’s teams in Spain are working in record temperatures to ensure the welfare of their herds at two sanctuaries in the south of the country, where they face increasing heat and drought. Temperatures at the charity’s Spanish sites in Dona Rosa and Fuente de Piedra hit “well over” 40 degrees this week.

Staff have been working tirelessly to increase the shade provision for the donkeys and to make sure they have plenty of fresh water. Welfare experts are keeping a close eye on the 205 donkeys for any signs of heat-related stress.

Donkeys congregate under centenary olive trees. Credit: The Donkey Sanctuary

In Spain, The Donkey Sanctuary is invested in long-term conservation efforts, which include planting a large number of native trees, including false mulberry and olive trees, at the two sites. As well as protecting the environment, the trees provide the donkeys with somewhere to retreat to out of direct sun.

“Each summer we are seeing significantly higher temperatures and the effects of climate change are challenging even for these resilient animals,” said Elena Barrio, The Donkey Sanctuary’s Country Manager for Spain. “Our dedicated team has been providing extra shade and fresh water, as well as closely monitoring our donkeys’ health and behaviour.

Awnings also provide shade at the Spanish sites. Credit: The Donkey Sanctuary

“Providing water and shade for our donkeys is our paramount concern during these periods of drought and extreme heat. We’re happy to report that our donkeys are coping well, thanks to our wonderful staff and the measures we have put in place.”

Temperatures have soared, and staff are working hard to keep the donkeys comfortable. Credit: The Donkey Sanctuary

Lead image by The Donkey Sanctuary

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