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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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GET THE CARROTS!!

Lots of fun!!! get the carrots .. in fact get a couple of bags!! we had a grand time feeding the donkeys

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Lots of fun!!! get the carrots .. in fact get a couple of bags!! we had a grand time feeding the donkeys

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Great initiative. I am not sure though if it is so great that the donkeys all become beggars. I also do not know where this will stop (they have 600 donkeys today and I don't think this will becolme less given that a donkey can become old). Is it the wish of the sanctuary to remove all donkeys from the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

A kindly woman has taken it upon herself to save the poor donkeys on Bonaire, and her sanctuary not only serves a good purpose, but is a very fun way to spend an hour. But, you must buy at least two bags of carrots at the ticket desk, and enjoy the fun of feeding the donkeys from your car, or... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The donkey preserve keeps the animals safe and it is a great to mingle with them. The area is kept very clean so it is a good place to visit

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Englewood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We have visited the sanctuary many times on our visits to Bonaire but this was the first trip that we brought our granddaughters. The sanctuary made a huge impression with them both and the struggles that the donkeys face on the island. The staff at the sanctuary have the donkeys as their top priority and it shows in the care... More 

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West Point, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We visited the Donkey Sanctuary last week to take a break from diving and really enjoyed it. They have about 600 Donkeys there ranging from young to old- the seniors.The staff was very informative and it was so nice to see young people working there and caring about the Donkeys. The gift shop was great with many different items.The observation... More 

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LAS CRUCES
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Make sure you have lots of carrots when you drive through this place. The donkey love to beg for carrots and will let you pet them. I think it is great that they are taken so good care of. When we first traveled to Bonaire 10 yrs ago they were everywhere and injured by traffic. Now they most of them... More 

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St Louis MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We had a lot of fun visiting. Staff was very personable and knowledgeable. We did the bale of hay from the back of the truck and had a blast. We fed too much too early and were out by the watchtower. Try to save some if you can because that's only about 15% of the trip around the sanctuary. Staff... More 

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Raleigh NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Buy carrots at the Sanctuary to help them pay for their service. See the hospital "meadow" for new arrivals, and new borns. Drive through the preserve. Hold your carrots until half way through. Donkeys are pushy, but not mean at all. One galloped to follow us.

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Hoorn, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

If you like donkeys or not, just visit this place! We got a some hay and put it in the back of our pickup. In a few moments there where hundreds of donkeys around us! A unforgettable experience!! The animals are used to humans, so they are very likable. The staff is great, we got a little info about the... More 

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Additional Information about Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

Address: Lima z/n | Netherlands Antilles, Bonaire
Phone Number: +599 9 560 7607
Location: Caribbean  >  Bonaire
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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