On a crisp and sparkling clear February day, I set off with a friend to explore northern Nevada’s vast volcanic desert. In this region of black lava rock and steaming hot springs, the harsh terrain appears primeval. It is easy to envision dinosaurs roaming here.

We found this little band of wild donkeys basking on a sun-warmed rocky outcrop. They were wary of us, but seemed unwilling to move from their warm spot on the hillside, and we were able to get a few shots without disturbing them too much.

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“Early explorers brought both horses and burros to the New World. Some of these animals were released or escaped to the deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico. With the discovery of more gold and silver in the 1800’s, miners brought more burros with them. These animals added to the small early populations and began to breed and increase in numbers. At one time more than 10,000 wild burros were found in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Today there are about 7,000 burros in this region.

“Burros have only two natural predators. The mountain lion preys on all burros. The coyote usually preys on the young, very old, crippled or sick animals as nature’s way of maintaining a healthy population.

“The Wild and Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act passed in 1971, stated that the Bureau of Land Management should manage wild burros with other plants and animals in the environment.


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Great Basin Life exists … between … high desert expanses and majestic mountain wilderness.

Daily, I watch the winds of change sweeping away what remains of our western culture and heritage, and the land that has produced them.

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  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertalmost 6 years ago

    What a great capture of these little wooly ones!

  • Thanks, Ruth!
    They were still wearing their winter coats, that day.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromalmost 6 years ago

    LOL…great title!

  • Thanks!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • arvyart
    arvyartalmost 6 years ago


  • Thank you, Arvy!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 6 years ago


  • Thanks, Tina!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • cdudak
    cdudakalmost 6 years ago

    Love the shot and the title.

  • Thank you, cdudak!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Nancy Stafford
    Nancy Staffordalmost 6 years ago

  • Gosh! Wow! Thank you, Nancy!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Tama Blough
    Tama Bloughalmost 6 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! I love these little furry donkeys.

  • Thank you, Tama! I appreciate your comment – and fav!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertalmost 6 years ago

    Well deserved feature Arla!!! congrats to you!

  • Appel
    Appelalmost 6 years ago

    Aaah, they are so cute! I never thought of donkeys as being cute :-) Awesome shot!!!

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 5 years ago

    Wow, it’s a really great capture and they are very cute but I don’t think any of them are babies. If they are let me know ok?

  • The little guy(?) in the center would be about 6-7 months old. That’s a baby in equine terms, but I won’t push the point – Papa jack is on the left, and mama jenny on the right.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the shot, Teresa. :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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