North Cyprus, also known as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), is home to a small population of donkeys. These donkeys are a distinct breed known as the Cypriot Donkey, which is believed to have been introduced to the island of Cyprus over 4,000 years ago.
The Cypriot Donkey is a small, hardy breed that is well adapted to the rugged terrain and harsh climate of North Cyprus. They have a distinctive gray-brown coat and a compact, muscular build, with short, sturdy legs and a broad, rounded head.
Historically, donkeys played an important role in agriculture and transportation in North Cyprus, but their use has declined in recent years as modern technology and transportation methods have become more prevalent. However, donkeys are still cherished by many as a symbol of the island’s heritage, and efforts are being made to preserve and protect the Cypriot Donkey breed.
There are several organizations and initiatives dedicated to the preservation of the Cypriot Donkey, including the Donkey Sanctuary Cyprus, which provides care and support for donkeys in need, and the Cyprus Donkey Preservation Society, which works to promote the conservation and use of the breed in traditional farming and transportation activities.
At the eastern end of the Karpaz Peninsula, which is called the Dipkarpaz where there are many wild donkeys roaming free.