barron park donkeys in palo alto

Barron Park has been a home to donkeys since the 1930s, when this pasture was part of the Bol farm. Generations of donkeys have been visited here by their friends for nearly 80 years.

The tradition has been continued through the generosity of local landowner James Witt, over 25 volunteers who oversee the donkeys' care and feeding , and the many generous gifts from the donkeys’ many supporters.

Perry, a miniature donkey, was born upstate New York in 1994 and came to us from Woodside when he was three. In 2017 he will be 23. Perry was the model for “Donkey” in the 2001 movie Shrek.

Jenny, a standard donkey, was born around 2000. She lived in a pasture with cows near Santa Clarita before she joined Perry in 2016.

Donkeys, Equus africanus asinus, are the domesticated descendants of a wild African horse, and are a different species from the domestic horse. Domestication of donkeys took place in northeastern Africa in about 4000 B.C. They can live up to 50 years. There are about 70 breeds of donkeys, which differ in size, color, and hair length.

Perry and Jenny are visited by volunteer handlers in the morning and evening. They feed the donkeys, make sure that the water system is working and clean up the pasture. There is a regular vet who visits them at least twice a year and a farrier trims their hooves. 

It now costs about $10,000 a year to take care of the donkeys, and their upkeep requires tax-deductible contributions from their friends. If you would like to be a Friend of the Barron Park Donkeys and receive periodic updates about them please consider making a donation in their support.