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Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

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Lima z/n | Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands, Bonaire
+599 9 560 7607
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There are 700 donkeys in this santuary. Go by car and buy a bag of carrots in the shop to feed... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mark H
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Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
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Very nice to visit

It's great to know that the donkeys are looked after so well, certainly considering that the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ringo D
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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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Lima z/n | Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands, Bonaire
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

There are 700 donkeys in this santuary. Go by car and buy a bag of carrots in the shop to feed them. It is a great experience and these animals are so great. This place deserves every support you can think of, doing all this...More

Thank Mark H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's great to know that the donkeys are looked after so well, certainly considering that the maintenance is done by volunteers. You should certainly buy some carrots, the donkeys really love them! Take your time touring around the grounds, just mind the donkeys, they like...More

Thank Ringo D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We bought 2 packs of carrots in the supermarket. It was really fun to feed the carrots to the Donkeys. You are making a lot of friends with carrots :-). The sanctuary is doing really good work for the Donkeys. Really nice place to visit!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it is such a fun, to drive trough the donkey sanctuary .... please have a big pack of carrots in the car ... !

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very unique place and a must visit. We had too much sun yesterday so did this one today. We bought our passes and carrots and drove our rental truck through the herd. As soon as we crossed into their space, we were swarmed! Sort of...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wow, there are a LOT of donkeys here! Almost 700! If you find yourself on the island of Bonaire, I highly recommend visiting these lovely creatures, and the wonderful people who care for them. It's a tremendous effort to care for so many animals, and...More

2  Thank Chuck D
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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

Go, do something good and support Bonaire's efforts. $8 per persons, $3 per bag of carrots and a huge greeting from these appreciate creatures.

2  Thank Cynthia H
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Reviewed April 27, 2018

We were vising Bonaire on a cruise stop earlier this month, and made a point of going out to the sanctuary to visit, and bring lots of bags of carrots for the donkeys. They charge an adult admission fee, which goes to overhead and funding...More

1  Thank kk99
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Reviewed April 24, 2018

We went on a whim, and found the sanctuary well worth a visit! The donkeys are charming and (contrary to some reports) seem to be well cared for. They are such friendly and gentle animals that it's a treat to mingle with them.

1  Thank Tom A
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Reviewed April 19, 2018

We knew we had to take the kids here during our trip, and a great time was had by all! Its a very low key setting and wasn't too crowded when we went. The donkeys are plentiful and love eating right out of your hand....More

1  Thank xtina_summerfield
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Response from Marion J | Property representative |
hello the entrance is $7.- for adults and $3.50 for children.You can ask Farid the taxi driver to go and drive thru the sanctuary with your group.When are you coming?because when I now it on time,maybe I can arrange... More
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hughes753
January 24, 2017|
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Response from Marion J | Property representative |
Hello Joan It's not so far away and you can come by taxi,I think it's about 10-15 dollars. Also nice to rent a golfcart at the town pier,so you can do some sightseeing as welland it's fun to go with the golf cart into the... More
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