Miranda Donkeys


In Portugal, despite the important role they have always played in rural life, donkeys have been neglected over the centuries, little thought was given to their protection and the improvement of their lot. They have always been regarded as the poor relatives amongst the equine.


The "Associação para o Estudo e Proteção do Gado Asinino, AEPGA" is dedicated to the preservation of this indigenous breed and to saving this unique genetic, ecological and cultural heritage. It is also the goal of the AEPGA to improve the donkey's image on a national level, particularly the Miranda Donkey, and to contribute to its re-evaluation, creating a socio-economic model that respects and preserves this rich cultural heritage.


Characteristically, it is tall with long ears, its coat is dark brown, with thick long hair. The Miranda Donkey is a very docile animal.


The Miranda Donkey is considered to be in danger of extinction.


The Herdade da Mata owns ten Miranda donkeys all registered in the stud book of the breed.