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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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Too much fun!

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... read more

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the care being taken of these donkeys. For $7 each entrance fee ( used to look after them) you get a guided tour of the young, sick and old donkeys needing extra attention, this is on foot if you wish. Then you can drive round the 600+ donkeys on the ranch. Buy a bag of carrots to feed them,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is soo much fun...and your money for your entrance fee is going to a great cause. If you have a pickup definitely let the kids ride in the back to feed the donkeys. Buy lots of carrots when you get your tickets..but don't let all the adorable greedy donkeys at the front of the sanctuary get all the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful effort to take care of the over abundance of donkeys on Bonaire. Most of the residents of the sanctuary are well fed and quite intelligent. They know how to step in front of a vehicle to slow it down so that they might be fed a carrot or two. Just make certain you do not feed... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are an animal person this is definitely a stop to check out. Donkeys aren't always the most interesting of animals but since most of those in the sanctuary are rescued or raised by the staff they are friendly, and the young ones are awfully cute. The special care area lets you walk around close and pet any willing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited the sanctuary before and find it to be wonderful. The people running it, care deeply for the donkeys and do their best to care for them. We visited the babies and spoke with a young woman who was very knowledgeable about their care and upbringing. We choose to bring carrots with us and loved feeding them. Instead... More 

Thank Christine E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Marina and her entire staff do a fabulous job of caring for all of the donkeys! Their care and concern is obvious in every interaction. As a visitor, feeding the donkeys is so much fun! Their enthusiasm is overwhelming and awesome. I highly recommend everyone who comes to Bonaire spend a day with the donkeys!

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Highly recommend. There are approximately 600 donkeys in the sanctuary, which you drive slowly through. Be sure to get carrots ($3 per bag) and at least a bale of hay to put on your tail gate if you rented a pick up truck for scuba gear ($10 for hay bale). You could bring your own carrots from the grocery store,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

Sadly were unable to visit you but we drove past every day and your work can only be respected. We did find time to donate though! Thank you for helping the donkeys! Our favourite memory from bonaire is the road signs..... Let op.. overstekende ezels.. Smile 😊

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