Meet the Herd

Each ZDF purchase supports donkey
rescue efforts, the fight against the cruel
donkey skin trade, and our herd's training
to one day share their healing talents with
other humans!

Meet the OG ambASSadors of Zen Donkey Farms!

Name: Olive

Age: 3

About Me: I'm sweet, sassy, and I don't yet understand the concept of personal space. I just love everybody and want to be as close as possible! I love my blankie, grapefruit peels, rump scratches, and being the center of attention (always). Pickle is my BFF in the whole wide world, and I will treat any and all objects left in the barn as my toys and/or snacks.

Name: Pickle

Age: 3

About Me: The rest of the herd refers to me as the Queen / The OG / boss babe. I'm gentle and curious with the humans but I like to take my time getting to know everybody. I love ear rubs, turnips, carrots, bananas, apples (pretty much any and all healthy snacks the humans provide). I often get the zoomies and just run around in circles inexplicably to confuse the humans. Sometimes my long ear beards blow in the breeze. 

Name: Earl

Age: 20 or so (I'm the eldest and wisest ass)

About Me: I may look like a mini donkey on the outside, but I identify as a horse most days. My BFF's are Cutter and Leo, and they're about 4x my size. I may seem introverted, but I'll do just about anything for an ear scratch and tummy rub. ZDF juice "Earl's Elixir" is named after me...because I'm awesome, obviously. Also, my salt rock is everything.

Name: Elliot

Age: 3

About Me: I'm the tiniest in size but have the biggest personality. 
My bray can be heard for miles (I only use the good notes), and I love the ladies (Hubba Hubba).  Wheelbarrows and buckets are my jam too, especially when I knock them over.  My favorite part of the day is nighttime when the humans tuck me in for bed and I try to sit on their laps. It usually ends in rump scratches and maybe a carrot if I'm lucky.

Name: Picasso (Pico)

Age: 12

About Me: I'm new to the herd and still trying to blend in, which is hard considering I'm covered in spots. I love interacting with humans and the ear scratches that usually follow. Elliott and I have some things to work out, but we're getting there. The rest is TBD. 

Why Donkeys?

Donkeys are highly intelligent, empathetic and versatile animals that can be amazing therapy and general wellness facilitators, family pets, and companions for other animals.

After 20 years of experience with equine-assisted therapy programs that focus on horses, and a more recent discovery of our love for horses’ long-eared cousins, we believe donkeys are an untapped resource for alternative therapy and general wellness activities. ZDF can facilitate well-being in our customers with healthy plant-based products, and eventually in people with special needs who can benefit from donkey-assisted activities.

Many donkeys around the world need to be rescued* and given a purpose, which we believe can be to help people in need. As our herd grows, all donkeys adopted into our therapy and wellness training program will continue to be rescues. With these donkeys and your support, we will bring world-class donkey-assisted therapy to people with disabilities, and a unique donkey experience that will be accessible to all. While our roots are in Kansas City, we hope to eventually expand all across the US. Thank you for your support as we work to bridge the gap between donkeys in need of love, and people in search of wellness.

*To learn more about why donkeys need to be rescued, read the full report about the donkey skin crisis here. By adopting rescued donkeys into our therapy program, we hope to play a bigger role in the welfare of donkeys and their humans around the world, beyond our happy little herd.

How you can help

Purchase our fresh, organic cold-pressed juices and wellness products for delivery online, and come see us at the Downtown Lee's Summit and Brookside farmer's markets

Help us spread the word on social media! @zendonkeyfarms and @zdf_rescues

Most importantly, be kind to donkeys. They deserve better!

Please consider avoiding the following to help our long-eared friends: 

• Ejiao, a "luxury" skin cream made from donkey skin 
• Donkey breeders (please consider adoption!)
• Tourism experiences that use donkeys as transportation to carry heavy loads 
• Livestock auctions/kill pens
• Petting zoos/carnivals/donkey basketball/rodeos that exploit donkeys for entertainment, often under cruel conditions

Follow our progress and shenanigans @zdf_rescues

Donkey-focused resources and organizations we trust

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The Brooke - Action for working horses and donkeys

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SPANA

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Lusco Farms Rescue

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Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue

PVDR Lawrence Satellite Center

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UC Davis Donkey Welfare Symposium

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The Donkey Sanctuary