8 Wild Burros find their Forever Homes

July 24, 2015 / Northern California

When I’m not photographing weddings and people, you can often find me out on a ranch. I’m passionate about capturing animals in the wild or their natural habitat and conveying their emotions through a connection with my camera lens. I jump at any opportunity to be involved with ranch and wild animals on such a personal level.

If you’re not familiar with wild horse and burro rescues, here’s a little background information for you. The Bureau of Land Management “protects and manages wild horses and burros under the authority of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 to ensure that healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands.” They are the agency behind the wild horse and burro roundups. Through their adoption program, they work to find homes for the horses and burros in holding, but there are simply too many to be rescued. And that’s where private organizations come into the scene, like Montgomery Creek Ranch.

Earlier this month I traveled to Montgomery Creek Ranch, a wild horse sanctuary, to photograph the arrival of 8 wild burros who found their new home.

On July 10, 2015, eight Black Mountain burros from Arizona arrived at MCR: one older gentleman named OJ — short for Original Jack; his best buddy Simon; 2-year old Lamb-Chop; and three Jennies — two with a baby and perhaps more on the way?! The youngest burro is 2 months old, and his name is now BB King (short for Baby Burro King of MCR). BB King’s mom is Etta James. The dark Jenny is Tina (Turner) and the other is Aretha. Aretha’s baby boy is Clarence. The males are called “Jacks” and females are “Jennies.” Because they all come ‘intact,’ the males had to be separated from the females. All burros are happy and settling into their new forever life at MCR!

With much appreciation to Simone of Respect4Horses, Suzanne of the AWHPC, and Chad at BLM, AZ.

A big thanks for the burro transport to Marlene from Valley View Ranch!