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Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

P.O. Box #331, Lima z/n | Netherlands Antilles, Bonaire
(599)9 5607607
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Ranked #2 of 41 Attractions in Bonaire
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Voorschoten, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Well set up by enthousiastic people. Nice encounters with lot's of .... donkeys! You can drive through at your own pace and/or visit the separate area with the young or special care donkeys

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Lexington, Kentucky
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Visited the sanctuary and fed them carrots from truck cab and then got out to pet the babies and mamas in nursery area. Petted a 2week old and a 4 week old. Staff was very informative and passionate about their work. We met a Dutch student who was doing her internship there in preparation to be a veterinary assistant.

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Detroit, Mi
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We visited on our last day in Bonaire driving along the southern part of the island. The Sanctuary has moved since the last time we were there 13 years ago. They had to move at their own expense. This is a great sevice Marina does for these gentle beasts. Visiting with the babies was so Awesome, they just want love... More

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Poolville, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

After multiple visits to Bonaire, we finally went to the Donkey Sanctuary. It was great fun, especially seeing the baby donkeys. And what a great cause!!! By the way, they have little packages of Bonaire sea salt for $2, compared to a slightly larger bag downtown for $7 - buy your salt at the sanctuary. Have the donkeys run along... More

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Morgan Hill, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Every once in a while an experience stays with you long after the moment ends. What Marina does is provide a sanctuary for the indigenous donkeys on Bonaire, and attempts to educate the community and government on why they should care about about their lives, which is a bit of an uphill battle. I did not know that a donkey... More

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Tampa, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary provides a safe home and food for rescued island donkeys that have inhabited Bonaire since they were brought here several hundred years ago for work in the salt industry. These animals have survived on the island for generations and eek out an existence on the sparse vegetation and dry land. They are subject to human population... More

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Dallas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

On our last day, since we couldn't dive, we visited the donkey sanctuary. The lady who works there is so passionate & loves those animals so much it warms my heart. We bought some carrots & got some great videos of the donks harassing us. It's amazing of the time, effort, love & patience that the folks that work here... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We visited the Donkey Sanctuary to meet the animals and to witness the work of an amazing woman, Marina Melis. She has committed over twenty years to saving these beautiful animals from careless drivers, abusive people, and the hunger and illness that come with overpopulation. At any given time, there are between 300 and 500 donkeys being fed and cared... More

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Emerson, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This was so much more fun than I thought. I am an animal lover and expected to be a little sad but found it anything but. We could not stop laughing. They all have such different personalities, some come running and push others away just to get pet just like my dogs do, one was playing with a stick one... More

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Houston, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Great staff very dedicated to caring for these beautiful donkeys! Who knew donkeys are so affectionate? Over 400 donkeys relying on the generosity of visitors to pay for their upkeep through donations and proceeds from the gift shop. We had a great time walking and driving through the Donkey Sanctuary. Our only regret was not purchasing carrots on site because... More

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