Wild Donkeys Reusable Bag


Reusable shopping bag featuring unique landmarks, cultural heritage, wildlife, marine life and community from the Turks & Caicos Islands.
For 1 reusable bag used, 500 plastic or paper bags are being replaced.
Proud of my Island reusable bags is proud of contributing to the island by supporting local non profits through advance education and environmental protection.

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The Untamed Spirit of TCI's Wild Donkeys

Hold onto your beach hats, folks! We're about to take a ride through the history of the wild donkeys of TCI. These adorable creatures have been roaming the beaches of Grand Turk, Salt Cay, and South Caicos for centuries, and they have quite the story to tell.

It all started back in the mid-1700s when Bermudian salt rakers brought the first donkeys to Grand Turk. These hard-working animals were tasked with hauling bags of salt from the salinas to the boats on the beach. But when the work was done, the donkeys were left to roam free and enjoy the beautiful Caribbean weather. Who can blame them for wanting to stick around? With 350 days of sunshine, white sand beaches, and Pina coladas, I wouldn't want to leave either!

As the demand for salt grew and permanent settlements took hold, more donkeys were imported to the islands. And when the salt industry waned in the early 20th century, these resilient donkeys managed to survive and thrive in our beautiful islands. And why wouldn't they? They had found their paradise, and they weren't going anywhere.

But don't be fooled by their laid-back island vibe, these donkeys are more than just pretty faces. They are highly intelligent creatures, sociable and calm. They even have a unique capacity to bond with each other and with humans. In fact, their heart rates sync up with those they come into contact with! They have been scientifically proven to be beneficial for children with disabilities and instrumental in maintaining the local ecosystem.

Proud of my Island strongly supports a donkey sanctuary initiative. These wonderful animals are woven into TCI history and should be preserved for future generations of islanders and visitors to enjoy. And next time you see a wild donkey on the beach, don't just snap a selfie. Take a moment to appreciate their unique spirit and the role they play in TCI's rich history.


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