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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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We took a break from scuba diving, one afternoon, to visit the Donkey Sanctuary and we really... read more

Reviewed July 12, 2017
Joe S
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Huntington Beach, California
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Donkey farm is a fun place to visit. You can buy carrots and feed them but be careful of your... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2017
Bob S
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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 July 12, 2017

We took a break from scuba diving, one afternoon, to visit the Donkey Sanctuary and we really enjoyed it. If you've been driving around the island for a few days, you would have definitely encountered a donkey or two walking the roads. It was really...More

Thank Joe S
Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

Donkey farm is a fun place to visit. You can buy carrots and feed them but be careful of your fingers! The best time to go is morning when they are hungry.

Thank Bob S
Reviewed July 7, 2017

This was fun to visit. Lots of donkeys are there and they follow your car around hoping to get a second carrot!!

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Reviewed July 6, 2017

Coming from Tennessee (where we have donkeys), it was great to see the dedication and hard work from the staff taking care of these island donkeys. I can say first hand that these animals are very well cared for, well fed and watered! We brought...More

Thank Richard W
Reviewed July 5, 2017 via mobile

I was born on Bonaire and have a respect for nature. In that regard, I believe that nature balances itself out. The premise of this place is that donkeys needed saving. I did not dare to ask why. But the saving in question is done...More

1  Thank Cendy S
Marion J, Manager at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2017

Why are you so negative?Did somebody ask you to react like this? This is a comment from a person who visits the sanctuary in the same week as you did.Maybe he was at another Sanctuary? Coming from Tennessee (where we have donkeys), it was great...More

Reviewed June 22, 2017 via mobile

Decided to take a break between dives and come here as trip advisor reviews were great . We loved it !!! What's not to like about 700 donkeys surrounding your car looking for carrots !! The owners and staff deserve a medal for running this...More

1  Thank markoBRISTOL
Reviewed June 21, 2017

Okay, I would be the first to agree that going out to visit with 650 donkeys is probably a bizarre thing to do on your vacation on Bonaire - but this is a must do. The donkeys are smelly and pushy but fun. You gotta...More

1  Thank Larry S
Reviewed June 17, 2017 via mobile

We read about this prior to our trip and were excited to visit. We went in a truck so we purchased a bail of hay for 10.00 to feed the donkeys. Before we could even begin the tour we were surrounded by donkeys. They roam...More

1  Thank Ginger S
Reviewed June 16, 2017 via mobile

We went there and didnt expect much and have been positively surpriced. A very warm and friendly welcome and a good explenation about the sanctuary. Over 700 donkeys there. One cuter than the other. You can pet them and feed them and they are not...More

1  Thank Norman1501
Marion J, Manager at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2017

Thank you for your nice review and we hope to see you again. Kind regards Marion

Reviewed June 15, 2017 via mobile

What a great time we had at the Donkey Sanctuary. Fed the donkeys carrots (buy whole ones, not baby and make sure that you get instructions on how to feed - not like horses as I assumed). Wall to wall donkeys on a nice, long...More

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YesITravelALot
April 6, 2017|
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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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Hello ,yes you can take a taxi and do whatever you want to do when you of the ship.Hopefully we see you at the Sanctuary! Kind regards Marion
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