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California Desert District
Release Date: 12/02/09
Contacts: David Briery , 951-6975220  
  Steve Razo , 951-697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-10-20

Christmas Burro Adoption in Redlands

Looking for that perfect gift for someone special? Have you considered a burro from the rangelands of California and Arizona or U.S. Forest Service land near Big Bear? If you’ve the space and time for making a burro a part of your family, you’re likely to be in for some pleasant surprises. Here’s what one adopter says about her burro, “Tilly is an amazing animal -- she is sweet with a gentle disposition. Both my children are developmentally delayed, so Tilly is our "therapy" burro. She's always calm, ready for a hug, a few treats, standing patiently while the kids groom her or just talk to her.”

On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12, celebrate the season with complimentary cider and the opportunity for you and your family to meet some of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM)  “Christmas” burros at the Sundance Ranch, 27273 Pilgrim Road in Redlands. You may preview the burros Friday afternoon from 1 to 5 and adopt on Saturday from 8 to 3. Lottery adoptions start at 9 a.m., followed by first come, first served. 

Federal protection and a lack of natural predators have resulted in significant increases to wild horse and burro herd populations. The BLM monitors rangeland conditions and wild horse and burro herds to determine the number of animals, including livestock and wildlife that the land can support. When deteriorating rangeland conditions are determined, the BLM removes excess wild horses and burros from overpopulated herd management areas and restricts livestock grazing to keep animal populations at sustainable levels. Wildfires and severe drought conditions are important factors in the condition of the public rangelands, too.
The excess wild horses and burros removed from the range are offered for adoption to qualified people through the BLM’s Adopt a Wild Horse or Burro Program. After properly caring for a mustang or burro for one year, adopters are eligible to receive title, or ownership, from the federal government. While the BLM faces a constant challenge in adopting out enough animals to match the number removed annually from the range, the adoption program is a popular one. In fact, the BLM has placed nearly 225,000 wild horses and burros into private care since the adoption program began in 1971.
For further information about the Redlands adoption or the Bureau's Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program, contact BLM toll free at 866-4MUSTANGS or visit


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