Helping working horses in the “Rose City”

One of the most beautiful and famous landmarks in the world, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan attracts thousands of tourists every year. Also known as the Rose City due to the colour of the stone from which it is carved, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and was elected one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

More than 1300 horses and donkeys are working in the Petra region, with 300-400 working directly within the Petra site. Sadly, their existence provides a stark contrast to the picture postcard image of the Rose City. 

The horses and donkeys are used for transporting visitors on their backs or in carriages, often forced to carry loads which are far too heavy. The days are long and gruelling, and the animals are exposed to the sweltering heat of Petra.

Many animals suffer from exhaustion, lameness and colic, and although the equines have access to veterinary care, vital medicines and equipment are still needed. 

FOUR PAWS is helping provide a better future for these horses and donkeys. Working with the Jordanian Princess Alia Foundation (PAF) and the Petra tourist board, we will be striving to improve the lives of working animals in Petra.

Earlier in the year, we provided first aid and veterinary treatment to horses and donkeys in urgent need of care. We are also constructing stables and water drainage systems, as well as modernising an existing veterinary clinic. On top of this, we will be providing medicine, veterinary equipment, and training for the local vets, blacksmiths and animal owners.