Our Oatman Town Burros
Our "Wild Burros"
are just as stated here...Wild. They come and go as they please.
There is usually about a dozen of them that show up in
town and wonder the streets.
In the United States the donkey has been used as a beast of burden
and for the breeding of mules, which are hybrids produced by mating
mares and jackasses. Small donkeys, or burros, played a major role
as pack animals in opening up the western United States.
Scientific classification: Asses belong to the family
Equidae. The African wild ass is classified as Equus asinus, the
Asian wild ass as Equus hemionus, the kiang as Equus kiang, and the
onager as Equus onager.
Early 19th century. From Spanish, a back-formation from
borrico “donkey,” from late Latin burricus “small horse,” of
uncertain origin: perhaps from Germanic.
Photo taken in May 2004 of one of
our New Baby Burros "J.J."
While there is the few Burros that do come to town regularly
the hills surrounding Oatman, Arizona there resides many
wild burros and different herds of them.
These burros are direct
descendants from the Gold Miners that brought them to the
area as pack animals. Then the coming of World War Two when
the gold mines surrounding Oatman and Gold Roads, Arizona
was shut down the burros were set free to roam the hills.
So come and enjoy our
"Wild Burros" roaming our streets and keep in mind BLM now
discourages the feeding of these animals and fines will be
given if caught feeding these animals. It is for the health
and safety of the burros and for the safety of the tourists
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