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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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Amazing people who run this donkey sanctuary voluntary. The donkeys have a huge area to walk around freely. It's good to see that they're taken well care of and they look very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 9, 2013
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Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
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Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Amazing people who run this donkey sanctuary voluntary. The donkeys have a huge area to walk around freely. It's good to see that they're taken well care of and they look very happy. They are so incredibly stubborn! Great place to see.

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Sabillasville
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Nicely run sanctuary. Hats off to the caring folks who run this place... You are amazing! This is a must do when visiting Bonaire. Boy they sure do love tier carrots.

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upstate NY
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Never knew donkeys were so cool. Got to interact with a five-day-old donkey who was the cutest thing ever.

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Beijing, Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

It's a bit strange that you drive a 4x4 thru a park that is designed to rehabilitate donkeys that have been hit by cars on the island. Kids will love this stop. Pay the extra $3 for a sack of carrots.

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Redding, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Ohh this was so much fun!! We didn't have a car but after reading so many reviews like "my girlfriend made me go and I would never miss it now" we rented a car just to go and it was worth every penny. We brought 2 bags of carrots for each person in the car and wish we had brought... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

If you have a car when on Bonaire you have to go to the Donkey Sanctuary! We went our second time in as many years and all four of us (two older teens and us old folks) just laughed our heads off for almost an hour. These gentle but persistent beasts are so funny and the sanctuary protects them with... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Don't plan on your visit being longer than an hour and a half but definitely plan on enjoying it. The staff (including the owner and founder) are incredibly nice, informative, and seem to really love their work. The donkeys are friendly but do love carrots. I would recommend getting two bags if you're driving out to visit them. It's a... More 

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Slidell
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Bring plenty of carrots! Great excursion for children. Bring your camera. Easy drive through tour with a nursery area to walk through

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

The donkey sanctuary is great to bring the whole family here. Up close and personal with the donkeys and there's history here as well.

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Raleigh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Initially a bit skeptical, but always a sucker for animal rescues, we visited this great sanctuary to experience donkeys UP CLOSE. The $7 admission cost goes toward rescuing and supporting over 300 donkeys abandoned by Bonaire once cars were allowed on the island and no longer needed to mine salt. These donkeys are very friendly and since we had no... More 

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