Donkeys in the New Forest
There are many different types of livestock which are put out to pasture, including the infamous New Forest ponies, pigs and cows which we often find roaming around the forest. One of the more overlooked animals which can be found in the forest is the New Forest donkey, which can be found throughout the forest all year round.
Greatly loved by the visitors to the New Forest, only around 100 donkeys are turned out into the forest in comparison with the 3,000 New Forest ponies.
Male donkeys are known as a ‘Jack’ and are allowed to stay in the forest all year round unlike the New Forest ponies; it is only on very rare occasions that a Jack is removed from the forest by its owner for being badly behaved. The female donkeys are referred to as a ‘Jenny’ and are also found in the forest throughout the entire year due to their hardy nature which allows them to survive the forest all year round. Although more docile than ponies, it is important for both your safety and the safety of the New Forest animals that you do not approach or stroke them and remember to keep your distance if they are with a foal.