The assembly level is the Tapada de D. Fernando II, close to the Convento dos Capuchos, the place the carobOR Lavender and 5 different donkeys are ready for us.
“Every has a reputation impressed by nature and typically formed like one among them. We even have Girassol, Papoila, Tonecas (they’d already given him that identify earlier than coming right here). “
Rute Candeias provides that “some folks know one another by identify. For instance Alfazema, who’s fashionable as a result of she is invited to do the actions within the workshops, when she sees a gaggle coming, we name Alfazema and she or he comes operating, she already is aware of it is her flip. “
Rute Candeias directs the Associação Reserva de Burros which, in collaboration with Parques de Sintra, tries to protect the donkey by selling varied actions, primarily instructional and environmental consciousness. “For faculties, with a workshop and interplay with donkeys, like brushing and feeding the animals.
A 30-40 minute stroll follows. One other exercise is geared toward households, with or with out youngsters. The tour is a bit longer. It’s an immersion within the Pure Park within the firm of donkeys. We even have a birthday program which, along with different actions, additionally permits conventional snacks and video games to entertain the kids ”.
It’s all the time by appointment. Additionally for individuals who wish to take part within the varied excursions that happen on Saturdays. “Individuals join and we type teams. Departures are at 10:00, 12:00 and 15:00. Often, there are 10 to 12 folks most on every of those excursions. “
Contact with animals is promoted. Longer journeys take about an hour and the response is widespread. “It is nice. Individuals stroll out of right here amazed. They actually like to remain, even after actions, as a result of they’ve acquired a reference to the animal they lived with.
There are kids who return with their mother and father to get again in contact with the donkey they have been with. Donkeys prefer it too and an indication of this has been the unusual response when they’re confined ”.
Donkeys, which aren’t donkeys, are additionally conscious of the interplay. “They know, for instance, when the kids are current, ultimately there’s a carrot. They’re ready. One other curious factor is that they create friendships with one another. There’s firm and if one is separated from the opposite they’re unhappy “.
The Reserva de Burros affiliation has existed for fifteen years and Rute Candeias has found or confirmed different traits. “An especially sociable animal when handled with respect and affection. Cussed, not silly, they’ve a number of persona and they’re all totally different from one another “.
They wish to be caressed, to strategy us with curiosity and to not present worry with our gestures. It may be seen that with youngsters the connection is extra affected person and they’re the one ones who can sit on the donkey. In some instances additionally they choose to stroll alongside the donkeys. “We’re making a transition. To grasp that contact with donkeys is extra necessary than strolling on them. It’s pure for youngsters to benefit from the expertise and people between the ages of three and 12 can, however we’ve households who simply wish to experience the donkey. “
In a sure sense, the change additionally corresponds to the perform that donkeys carried out, as for instance right here, within the Sintra mountain vary, which “was elementary within the lifetime of the so-called saloia inhabitants. To move water, greens, work within the fields and in addition to maneuver folks “.
As they’re now not helpful and rely on people, there was an enormous decline nationwide. “In line with some paperwork, a century in the past there have been 200,000 donkeys. Now, if we’ve 20,000, that is so much. “
Right here they’ve a hectare during which to roam freely and involved with nature. They’re fed and cared for and their conservation is assured. “This partnership with Parques de Sintra has existed for about six years.
The Reserva de Burros affiliation takes care of the appreciation and conservation of the donkey and its essential goal is to encourage contact with these animals, respect them and their conservation in order that they don’t disappear.
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