The Donkeys of Hawaii Have Been Saved!
The Donkeys of Hawaii are part of Hawaiian Agriculture History.
They are affectionately known as the Kona Nightingales
because they bray or "sing" to each other as they
return to the mountains at dusk.
The herd was estimated at between 400-600 animals,
residing across more than 2500 acres of private land.
If the population continued to increase, scarce resources would have been quickly depleted and the donkeys would have
suffered from starvation or dehydration.
In addition, some in the community viewed the donkeys as a growing nuisance as they were competing with local ranchers'
cattle grazing areas and going onto private property
destroying plants and disturbing pets.
With the support of Dr. Brady Bergin of the Big Island, local veterinarians, policy makers and community members,
The Humane Society of the United States
determined that it was feasible to sterilize some,
control fertility and re-home others.
We are happy to announce that this
mission has been accomplished with the help of
West Hawaii Humane Society
and the many donations
from all who contributed!
Mahalo Nui Loa!
Thank you for caring!