Donkeys of Marrakech

As you walk the streets of Marrakech, you won’t just find humans working, but donkeys, too. Donkeys are essential to the Marrakshi work force, especially in the Old Town. The streets of the Medina are so narrow, that oftentimes workers at building sites are unable to transport their materials with anything other than a donkey-drawn carriage. Therefore, you will see these furry friends all over the place.

Many tourists see the working donkeys and are saddened to see that they have such heavy loads or are being pestered by flies. But donkey owners completely depend on their donkeys for their income. Donkeys provide jobs. In order to keep working in transport and other jobs, most donkey owners take good care of their animals. Vets are available including a charity called SPANA who operate a clinic in Marrakech. A British run charity Jarjeer operate refuge for mules and donkeys.