The Jarjeer Mule and Donkey Refuge is a retirement home, orphanage and care centre for mistreated and neglected donkeys and mules set in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains near Marrakech. The sanctuary, established by British couple Susan Machin and Charles Hantom in 2011, focuses on animal welfare and working with owners of working equines. With their history intertwined with local culture, even today, these animals are the only option for delivering fresh water and food supplies through Morocco’s mountains and narrow medinas.
The refuge provides a home for around 30 old or ill donkeys and mules that cannot work anymore, saving the from a terrible fate. They employ local staff to provide income to local families and also educate owners on the proper care for the animals. Australian travel company, By Prior Arrangement, sponsors one of the animals, and regularly take their tour guests to the refuge.