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“fun few hours”

Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire
Ranked #6 of 106 things to do in Bonaire
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“fun few hours”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

I drug my boyfriend here while were in Bonaire and we both really enjoyed ourselves. The woman running the sanctuary is very passionate about the donkeys. We took our time around and yes, while there isn't much to see, it is really cool just to hang out and feed the donkeys.

Visited January 2013
3 Thank JenTexas
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Seattle, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“We loved the donkeys”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

The team is doing outstanding work! They have a strong vision for the island’s donkeys, and they’re taking excellent care of them.
Plan about 1 to 2 hours for a stop at the gift shop, a visit to the special-needs TLC pen, and a drive through the grounds. Buy a few bags of carrots, watch for those cool blue lizards, and prepare for some donkey chaos and fun photo opportunities!

Visited December 2012
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Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“nothing fancy”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

The donkey sanctuary is basically a fenced in area where they keep some donkeys. You can pat them and learn about why they have the sanctuary, but it isn't very exciting.

Visited December 2012
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Heart warming and fun”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

It wasn't obvious on the road what this place contained, but the enthusiastic description of the lady running the office prepared us for a fantastic experience. We were allowed in the area where the slightly unwell Donkeys were being cared for - the way the foals rubbed themselves around your legs like cats was hilarious. I'd never experienced such contact with wild animals. The area of land is expansive which houses all 465 donkeys and it's great fun to feed them carrots from the car.

Visited December 2012
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Calumet, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Both fun and interesting”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

It was great fun to visit the donkeys and to learn something about their history on the island. I recommend climbing the observation tower and looking out over the sanctuary. It seems like most people drive through the Sanctuary, but I rode a mountain bike around, which got me closer to the donkeys, which was especially enjoyable.

Visited December 2012
2 Thank Jennifer s
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