"Noah" (at left) is a Mediterranean, or Sicilian donkey, and a long-time resident of Black Pine.  When the sanctuary began giving local school children and their teachers educational tours of the facility, a local nursery school sponsored Noah's addition to the "family".
If you look at Noah from a birds' eye view, you'll see a vivid cross in his coat.

"Andy" and "Marie" (at right) are commonly called miniature donkeys.  They are rescued backyard pets.

These lovable hoofed animals are sometimes used as working animals, too, throughout the world.  These kinds of animals often outlive the interests of children for whom they were acquired to educate and


entertain, or become displaced when people move and have no longer have anyplace to keep them.  Their life expectancy can very long and their care expensive.