Since August 2008, the
donkey sanctuary "Les Murtes", belongs to the
World Culture Donkey
Heritage Foundation of Valencia (Fundacion el
Burro Patrimonio del Mundo
de la Comunitat Valenciana).
Through this foundation, we
hope to have at last a competent vocal
representation for the
We also hope to establish,
without interference, a permanent area for
different European donkey
breeds and for donkey riding treks.
Alexander and Edith Aretz
started "Les Murtes" more than 19 years ago
on 12 ha of land in the
Jalon Valley, in the province of Valencia/
Alicante. Their dream was
to safeguard those breeds of donkey
threatened with extinction,
in particular, the Andalusian Giant, the
Catalan, Leon and the
"Les Murtes" is a breeding
sanctuary for them in Spain as, worldwide,
there are only 82
Andalusians, 300 Catalans, 60 Leons and 300 Poiton (
Breeding book A)
Neither must we forget
those donkeys in need of help. Up to now, we
have helped more than 120
donkeys through our emergency rescue
operation. These numbers
are still on the increase.
At the moment, we have 60
various donkeys living here.
The running costs of such a
large enterprise are, of course, very
high. That is why we rely
heavily on donations and partnerships.
To offset some of these
costs, Alexander and Edith opened a
restaurant "La Cantina" and
a souvenir shop at the sanctuary.
We are open to the general
public between 11 h and 18 h, Wednesdays
to Sundays and closed
Mondays and Tuesdays.