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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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We loved this place, went through twice. The donkeys are looking to be fed and you are just the person to do it. There is not a plethora of things to do on the island but I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Vermilion, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this place, went through twice. The donkeys are looking to be fed and you are just the person to do it. There is not a plethora of things to do on the island but I would do this again even if there were. The owners are pleasant and helpful and genuinely care for the animals. It was a... More 

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Tonawanda, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brought my 13 and 11 year old children to the Donkey Sanctuary. It was a great experience getting close to and interacting with the donkeys. The people that work there really care about the good work that they are doing. It takes about 50 minutes to drive through the complex. We had the windows of the truck down so that... More 

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White Mountains NH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been so impressed over the years how wonderful Marina is to take care of all these animals. This is one of the reasons I love to travel to Bonaire. I know there are kind people watching out for the animal welfare on this island, unlike other places I have traveled. I get sad on vacation when I see... More 

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El Dorado Hills, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After 16 trips to Bonaire and only one visit to the old Donkey Sanctuary I finally made it back and it was one of the best experiences of the trip! It is obvious that a lot of planning went into creating the sanctuary to ensure that the donkeys receive the best possible care. The caregivers were loving, attentive, and a... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you haven't visit the donkey sanctuary yet put it on your list is something to do for a fun day and Bonaire. I would recommend buying a few bags the carrots to feed the donkeys however be prepared the donkeys will be right in your face and more than willing to take as many carrots if you're willing to... More 

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The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Besides all the beautiful dive/snorkeling spots, Bonaire is also known for it's donkeys. In this spacious park the donkeys can live in their natural habitat and they take good care of them. It's fun to drive through this park (with a pick-up truck/4-wheel drive), donkeys are very curious! After this ride, you can visit the baby donkeys or go to... More 

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Bonaire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have children, visiting the donkey sanctuary is a must. They will love petting and feeding these friendly, gentle little guys and gals. If you don't have kids, I'll bet you'll still love it. You can see a great clip of the donkeys being fed in the House Hunters International "Sink or Swim in Bonaire" episode. We had a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A place you have to visit if you want a happy experience. It is great to be able to cuddle and feed the donkeys and to see how well this big group lives together in the area provided. Also a big compliment for the volunteers taking care of the animals! When visiting Bonaire again, I will definitely come back!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Other than the diving we did at Bonaire, the Donkey Sanctuary was my favorite thing!! You can buy bags of carrots (buy a lot!!) and then you drive through and they come running alongside your car/truck. They are SO funny! Then we got to go in to a separate area where there were young donkeys and were able to pet... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Thank God for the people who rescue the donkey's. They are well taken care of with medical attention and lodging with meals. There are hundreds of donkey's. It's a ton of fun to drive (slowly) thru the sanctuary and feed them carrots BUT be careful of the donkey's getting in front of your car and/or sticking their heads in your... More 

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