Sponsor the Black Mountain Burros: A Family from Route 66


The Black Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) in Arizona is the largest federally-protected habitat area for burros in the nation. At an estimated population of more than 1,500 burros, it is likely the most genetically healthy and significant burro population remaining in the United States.

In May 2015, the BLM captured and removed 24 of these burros because they traveled into a nearby urban development in search of water. We received word that placement was needed for a family of eight (which include one youngster and two pregnant Jennies) and we gladly stepped in to take them. 

The Arizona desert where they used to roam is dry and harsh. And when the trailer opened at MCR revealing lush, green California grass, the burros didn't know what to think (they had not yet realized that Springtime grass is a very good thing!) They refused to leave the trailer and jumped out onto the grass…  This moment was captured on video and has since gone viral!

The Black Mountain family now roam the 2,000 acres of MCR and cover every inch of the property. They are smart and resourceful, digging for water in dry river beds which provides additional water sources for wildlife. They are our most charming residents!