Category: Donkeys


Donkeys Protect Farm Animals

4BC Weekend Mornings: Chris Adams speaks to Heike Mack-Behle who owns Destiny Boonah Eco cottage and donkey farm. She is an advocate for donkeys who she says are increasingly used as shepherd animals to protect farmers stock from wild dogs and foxes. Heike has re homed hundreds of donkeys in the last 10 years and explains to Chris how they protect sheep, goats, calves from wild dogs. Its their instinct to ward off dogs even though they are otherwise gentle and placid by nature.

Meet Heike the donkey whisperer – From Alice Gorman’s Blog!

Below is an excerpt from the private blog post of Alice Gorman who recently wrote This Article for the Sunday Mail on Destiny Boonah. Read Alice's full private post and show her some love over at her website "Farmer Has A Wife"
I first met Heike Mack-Behle about 10 years ago when I moved to Boonah. The German-born, former champion dressage rider had also recently moved to the town with her family and was attracting quite a bit of interest for her love of donkeys. She had established an unofficial donkey sanctuary, rescuing donkeys from the knackery and from paddocks where they had been forgotten by their owners. Donkeys live for up to 50 years, which means they often outlast their owners … or sadly their owner’s interest. Heike had developed an allergy to horses and needed to find another animal on which to inflict her love. Donkeys, while similar to horses, did not cause Heike to have the same reaction and she realised that she had a natural connection with the docile creatures.
Heike & donkeys

Feature Article in Sunday Mail Sept 2013

Destiny Boonah Eco Cottages & Donkey Farm recently featured the Sunday Mail as part of an article by Alice Gorman. We're feeling very lucky to be featured and wanted to make sure you didn't miss out. You can Read Alice’s blog at The full article is below:

Advocate Brays Praise of Paddock Guardians

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) 15 Sep 2013 HEIKE Mack-Behle sees herself as more than just a donkey farmer.Read More
Destiny Boonah Donkey Farm Open Day Childrens Visits

Destiny Boonah Open Day – 7th July 2013

On a beautiful warm sunny day visitors had the unique experience of meeting and greeting a very interesting group…of donkeys. The Destiny Boonah Open Day welcomed families, visitors and many, many little people. The kids were excited to meet the donkeys, find out more about them and even give them a brush. The adults were pretty happy about it too. Young and old, it all started with a quick introduction made more enjoyable for all (but especially for the donkeys) with a quick brush. Kids were invited to grab a donkey of their choice and even those who started out a bit shy became fast friends with these gentle, sweet creatures. After getting close to their donkey of choice visitors enjoyed a scenic walk around the dam. The pleasant exercise gave the pairings more time to get to know each other. Many guests were amazed with how quiet these donkeys are! Lunchtime saw a yummy picnic under the shade of a gum tree in the ASSquestrian Centre. A camp fire was the final touch to the beautiful bush atmosphere. By the end of the day, new friendships had been forged between young and old, four-legged and two-legged. The donkeys were well-behaved and loved following the children as much as the children loved a chance to “be the boss”. Enquiries about the next Open Day were already being passed around. And as luck would have it, we followed this advice like our well-mannered donkeys. Sunday 29 September, 10am-2pm. All welcome. Come and enjoy a day with our gorgeous, friendly donkeys, our equally gorgeous and friendly staff and the exquisite scenery. This Open Day will include a thirty-minute talk “More about donkeys” for those who want to add to their knowledge in a fun and interesting environment. We look forward to seeing you there! Click to view full post and gallery from the dayRead More
War Animal Memorial Day 2013

A Busy Donkey Day – War Animal Memorial Day 2013

Our donkeys Joeleen and Sir Henry had a big day: 1st June 2013 was the Toowoomba war animal memorial day, the first park in Queensland to display and recognize the deeds of animals at war. A plaque was unveiled by the Hon Ian MacFarlane MP and Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio. It was a great day with dozens of animals attending making Newtown park look more like the assembly point for Noahs ark than a military parade. There where around a dozen Light Horsemen with horses carrying supporting equipment and an Ambulance horse. Still more horses present included a black and white Drum horse and a Clydesdale-both stunning looking large horses. Sir Henry the donkey was there with his mate always a welcomed sight, plus two Llamas showing the transport capabilities these animals undertook in war. In front was Stan the Ram 8/9 RAR Mascot. Flanked by several war and police dogs. At the conclusion several war pigeons were released to the crowds excitement.
Donkey Rescue at Destiny Boonah Eco Cottages and Donkey Farm

Donkey Rescue with a Happy Ending!

Two donkeys, together for 25 years, have spent the last 6 years in a yard as a tourist attraction. No exercise, no handling, no proper care, wrong diet. One donkey has been euthanized 3 days ago. After many phone calls we managed to get the OK to pick up a grieving, old and shy Jenny. A new home with another lonely soul, a 33 year old donkey gelding, has been chosen as the perfect match. The introduction of the donkeys was amazing and so beautiful to watch. The harmony was all over the paddock and it seemed they have been together forever.