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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
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Fun visits,Make sure you get some carrots form the shop at the Sanctuary .And if you have a pick up truck . Best seats are the back truck. All of the Donkey will be surround you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fun visits,Make sure you get some carrots form the shop at the Sanctuary .And if you have a pick up truck . Best seats are the back truck. All of the Donkey will be surround you ( wants carrots) .My daughter a I had a great times..

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When on a great dive trip and I was wiped out, but my girlfriend went to this place and had a great time. I have to say, they have done a good job reducing the number of loose donkeys which were really causing a danger when driving. She said you could buy and then feed carrots to the donkeys and... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the donkey sanctuary on my previous trip. This is something everyone should see. Saw a day old donkey in the petting area

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our large group absolutely loved the opportunity to feed the donkeys here at the sanctuary. Kids could ride in the back of a pickup truck and feed carrots to the donkeys as the truck slowly drove through the sanctuary. Definitely buy SEVERAL bags of carrots--you will have such fun feeding the playful donkeys.

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Chertsey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really friendly staff, lovely donkeys. You feel soooooo sorry for the injured ones. Some of them are cheeky too! You get a chance to feed them - one bit of advice, buy more than two bags of carrots, there are loads of them to feed! You'd be helping a great cause. You won't need more than 90 minutes, but it's... More 

1 Thank NickRobinson68
Columbus, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed the baby donkeys and the ones in the pens with them most. Outside, in the park, they were very agressive, wanting carrots.

1 Thank Judy W
Brunswick, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

We had a blast feeding the donkeys. It is obvious that the staff care deeply for these animals. We had the chance to hear the stories of many of the orphaned and injured foals. In particular the young donkey with the prosthesis. Simply amazing.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

I never thought we would have so much fun on a day off from diving. From the moment we entered the sanctuary to the moment we left, we could not stop laughing and enjoying the company of over 600 donkeys. It was amazing. As well as the wonderful work the team here does to care for these gentle, loving and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

There are over 600 donkeys roaming the farm. The entrance fee is $7 a person which is a great value since this sanctuary lives on donations. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you buy a few bags of carrots to feed them. If you don't both you and donkeys will be disappointed. We bought 2 bags (which wasn't enough) and ended up going... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Visit the Donkeys and feed them carrots. Even though they surround the car to be fed once you get out they back away and are not aggressive. Some will want to be petted. Also don't miss the gift shop where you'll find lots of bargains on local art items.

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Marion J, Manager at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice comment.We hope to see you back in the Sanctuary. Kind regards Marion More 

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