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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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So many Donkey's

My wife and I visited with our grandson and were thoroughly entertained. The staff are very nice and informative. Make sure you climb up the lookout tower, it provides a great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited with our grandson and were thoroughly entertained. The staff are very nice and informative. Make sure you climb up the lookout tower, it provides a great shot of the Donkeys and the the island.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This sanctuary helps protect the large donkey population on Bonaire, so your money will go to a good cause. There are hundreds of donkeys that have been rescued on the island. The donkeys are very friendly and go right up to you. You can take pictures and pet the donkeys. The staff is very friendly and knowledgable about the donkeys... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I think this is a great place for everyone to visit, if you love animals of course! Furthermore the people who work there are passionate about their job.

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Thank esthervanloon2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all the donkey's were great! Also the people that worked there were really kind and had a passion for the animals. I would recommend to also buy a stack of hay.

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Thank Erik V
Phoenix, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to visit and feed various to the donkeys. Very nice informative staff. Cute little shop with the best postcard on the island and very inexpensive. Plus you are helping the donkeys with each purchase. They are a very dedicated staff of volunteers.

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Streamwood, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For the love of the animals they try to care of injured and other donkeys on the island. We drove through and they had tons of donkeys just waiting for carrots. We felt horrible to drive through, have them stick their heads in the window and have nothing to give them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are an animal lover you must visit the Donkey Sanctuary. Over 600 donkey to play with. What could be better! You can feed them, pet them, and walk among them. Be sure to bring along carrots to feed them and when I say bring some carrots I mean hundreds of carrots! It takes a lot of carrots to... More 

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Livingston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

really neat but watch out, all the donkeys at the front will hog all of your carrots. save for the back guys also.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a sanctuary for donkeys originally brought tot he island to work in the salt sea industry. The sanctuary has about 600 donkeys, but here are still about 200-300 feral roaming the island as well. The thing here is to buy carrots at the entrance to feed the donkeys, who are well aware that you have them ... and... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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