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Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

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Address: Lima z/n | Kaya IR. Randolph Statius van Eps, Bonaire
Phone Number: +599 9 560 7607
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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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When we planned on going to Bonaire, I looked up things to do. We saw the Donkey Sanctuary and immediately I knew I had to go there. I love animals and was very excited to go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Somerville, Massachusetts
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When we planned on going to Bonaire, I looked up things to do. We saw the Donkey Sanctuary and immediately I knew I had to go there. I love animals and was very excited to go. Upon arrival, we were met by a volunteer who explained things to us. The donkey's were so cute. It was refreshing to see that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just without any higher expectations we visited the Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire. A perfect place for some hundred happy Donkeys. The huge area is made for driving through by car or bike or walk through. If sunny, to walk could be hard. We drove by car. Entrance fee is 7 USD, a highly recommend bag of carrot 3 USD. It was... More 

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Danvers, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you visit Bonaire, visiting here is a must. Donkeys run wild on Bonaire and this organization does its best to capture them and take care of them. We were told at the time of our visit that they had over 600 donkeys. They even had a 1 week old donkey that we were able to pet. He was as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the sanctuary as saw so many wild donkeys who looked under fed. We were greeted by the founder who explained the reason for starting the sanctuary over 20 years ago and how she now has over 600 residents from 4 days old to well over 30 years. Most have been orphaned or injured and there was a young jenny... More 

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Jupiter, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are on Bonaire diving and have an afternoon to kill before flying out, then this place is definitely worth a visit. Interesting stories about the different animals and the volunteers are doing a great job in running what is likely to be a costly operation. Stop by and support them!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's not a trip to Bonaire without a stop at the Donkey farm.. It's a short ride from town and well worth it... You'll start laughing the minute you drive through the gates as donkeys stick their heads in the window to get a snack... We bring little stick pretzels and they love them.. You can also buy food at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an interesting place to spend a couple of hours. We had seen donkeys wandering the island but did not know the history of the donkeys or how miserable their lives were roaming the island lacking natural vegetation and fresh water. Well worth the entrance fee and a couple of bags of carrots. Hats off to these volunteers!

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Upplands-Vasby, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a animal lover, this is a must do. We spent a couple of hours at the sanctuary and it was great and the staff was very passionate about caring for the donkeys. There are a lot of wild donkeys on the island and some are struggling to survive in the wild so the work they are doing is important.... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a lot of fun visiting the sanctuary. They sell carrots for cheap and you can feed the donkeys from your car window. The donkeys are kept safe inside and they have corrals to keep the older or weaker donkeys safe. Plus, they take care of donkeys who have been struck by cars or have other wounds and are... More 

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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We found our visit to the Donkey Sanctuary to be a highlight of our Bonaire visit. To start off, the staff is very friendly and they care very much for these animals. The young couple from Holland were a treat to talk to. We did nothing but laugh all the way through at the way the donkeys followed our car... More 

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