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Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

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Address: Lima z/n | Netherlands Antilles, Bonaire
Phone Number: +599 9 560 7607
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Description: In 1993 Dutch Nationals, Marina Melis and her husband Ed Koopman...
In 1993 Dutch Nationals, Marina Melis and her husband Ed Koopman, established a donkey sanctuary on Bonaire for sick, wounded and orphaned donkeys: Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire. The primary objective of Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire is to offer a sheltered, protected life to all the donkeys of Bonaire. Our information about the lives and experiences of donkeys is also raising awareness amongst the local community, schools and tourists. At this moment there are more than 400 donkeys living in Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire. They are provided with food, drinking water and medical care and have plenty of room and freedom. When a report arrives about a live wild donkey in distress, volunteers are sent to the rescue. Sick and wounded animals are nursed and, where necessary, a vet is called upon to give medical attention. Orphaned foals are raised with a baby bottle. All stallions that arrive at the sanctuary are castrated to avoid expansion of the numbers of donkeys in care. Once the animals are recovered, they are lucky enough to spend the rest of their lives lovingly cared for at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire. In all the years Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire has been active, a lot has already been achieved. Hundreds of donkeys were saved from the streets in miserable condition and were given a safe life in the sanctuary. Too bad there were also many donkeys that suffered from so severe illness or injuries, that they could not be cured. Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire paid for these animals the cost of putting them to sleep by a vet, so at least they were released from suffering any longer.
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If you love animals go to the Donkey Sanctuary! The people do an amazing job taking care with all of their heart for the Donkey's! They have all They need from fresh water to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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groningen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you love animals go to the Donkey Sanctuary! The people do an amazing job taking care with all of their heart for the Donkey's! They have all They need from fresh water to snacks in the afternoon! Snacks are Bread, vegetables and fruits. When you drive ( very slow) through the park the Donkey's put their head through the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Donkeys were brought to Bonaire by early explorers, settlers and clergy and provided much to the island. Over time, though, their population grew and they altered the natural environment of this island jewel. With the increase in vehicle traffic, they also became a safety issue for people and for themselves. The Donkey Sanctuary is run by ladies from the Netherlands... More 

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Island of Malta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

How sweet they are, the donkeys of Bonaire, make a visit you never forget and give the donkeys a big hug.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I have seen many donkey sanctuaries around the world in places like Aruba, Saint Helene island , Cyprus etc Nothing prepares you for the encounter with this lovely animals who finally they found a shelter and love in this astonishingly well organized sanctuary. I went from curiosity and I ended up hooked . They don't know even my name there... More 

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Tienen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I visited Bonaire 17 times,last time august 2015.I visit the sanctuary every time with my 5kids,they love it I ve seen many many serieus wounded donkeys wich are now in good condition in the sanctuary . Bonaire is not Always a dushi place for these aimals and they are fine and save in the sactuary back in Belgium now I... More 

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Houston
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

It's hard to write a negative about something that protects animals, but I must say this place needs to be rethought. We arrived expecting to find a sanctuary, but instead found a hoarding situation. As we ventured into the holding area with our two bags of carrots, we were greeted by adorable yet desperate donkey's trying to get a nibble... More 

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Twinsburg, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I have been to Bonaire three times for dive trips. I love this island. Having been all around the island and explored the caves and mangroves, this trip we decided it was time to visit the Donkey Sanctuary. What fun! All of the proceeds of tickets, which are $7 for adults, go to the care of the donkeys. The area... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

It can take 30minutes....it took us 3 hours. How can you not stop and say hi to them all! They stick their heads into the car to see what you are up to and we loved every minute.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

At first we were a bit of scared due to the amount of donkey's around and didn't get out of the car (wearing flip flops) But after a while found out the were realy cute. The sancturay is really worth a visit as they do good work and help injured donkeys to get healthy again. Your visit will help them... More 

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Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

During some diving downtime we visited the donkey sanctuary. Bonaire is a small island so nothing is all that far away. The entrance fee to the sanctuary supports the 600 some odd donkeys at the sanctuary. There is not much to do other than see and interact with the donkeys but my teen daughter really enjoyed it. Be aware that... More 

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