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Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

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Address: P.O. Box #331, 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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Take a break from snorkeling and visit the Donkeys

Nobody can dive or snorkel every day, so why not visit the Donkey Sanctuary? When you go, make sure you buy plenty of carrots, the donkeys will love you for it, but be ware... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Ocean View, Delaware
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Ocean View, Delaware
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Nobody can dive or snorkel every day, so why not visit the Donkey Sanctuary? When you go, make sure you buy plenty of carrots, the donkeys will love you for it, but be ware, you'll make many new friends! With over 600 donkeys, the experience will be well worth it. The donkeys are all friendly, but as soon as you... More 

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Sierra foothills
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We didn't know what to expect. This sanctuary does excellent work taking in donkeys that are in dire straits and nursing them back to health. There are hundreds of donkeys on hundreds of acres. You can buy a bag of carrots for $3 and roll down your car windows and you will have donkeys with their heads in the windows... More 

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California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

What a cool place, Roll down the truck windows and bring some snacks, this is such a hoot. Donkeys are everywhere and the will surround you and beg for food.

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Dallas, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This is a fun and inexpensive diversion while in Bonaire. Take lots of food for the donkeys because they expect to be fed. They are beautiful and I hope they remain on the island. Stop by the gift shop and grab a souvenir for a good cause.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

What a great way to while away a few hours. We stocked up with carrots brought from reception and then drove through the enclosure. Wind down the windows and away you go, Donkeys pop their heads through the windows, two, three & sometimes four heads at a time. They were such gentle creatures. Some even trot alongside the truck. We... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

After we quickly went through our bag of carrots, we were feeding them crackers that we happened to have with us, so help the donkeys and the sanctuary and BUY MORE CARROTS! It was a fun experience and a definite photo opportunity. Get ready for the "stand-off" as you enter the gate!

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Kansas City
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I visit the donkey Sanctuary each time I'm in Bonaire. It's so nice to have an enjoyable visit while also helping out the donkeys and the wonderful people who are dedicated to helping them. I always adopt donkeys for my grandchildren (and son-in-law!). The so look forward to seeing their adoption papers and photos and also feel like they're participating... More 

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DC
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is a great diversion for families. Make sure to buy more than one bag of carrots as the donkeys love them. Be sure to keep some of the carrots for later in your short drive around the sanctuary. Stop off before entering the general area to see the new born donkeys and iguanas and turtles. Our kids loved petting... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This was so fun. We were able to buy carrots to feed the donkeys. They would run alongside out vehicle. Loved that we were able to drive inside. We also got a fun treat by seeing a 2 hour old baby. I love what they are trying to do here. I would recommend it for a visit.

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helena, mt
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

My husband and I visited here today. What a wonderful experience! When you arrive one of the all volunteer staff gives you a brief but informative orientation to their mission and facilities. Admission is only $7 p.p. and a bag of carrots is $3. We bought 4 bags of carrots but I wish we'd gotten twice as much. You can... More 

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