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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