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Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire
Ranked #5 of 100 things to do in Bonaire
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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.
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“Fun family outing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2008

Imagine driving slowly through an arid safari park containing over 300 rescued donkeys, your truck surrounded by groups of 20 or more donkeys at a time, with several poking their heads into your truck window, begging for a snack! It's amazing! We visited the Donkey Sanctuary in May 2008 for the first time in 2 years, and were delighted to see how the park has been expanded, and how healthy the donkeys looked. The front of the park now has separate pens for mother and baby donkeys, orphaned donkeys, and iguanas and land tortoises, as well as a gift shop and restrooms. The drive-through Donkey Paradise Safari Park is in the back, and slated for another expansion in 2009. This is a "must see" for animal lovers visiting Bonaire. Be sure to take your camera, some old bread, fruit or vegetables to feed the donkeys and tortoises, $6 per person entry fee plus extra $$ for donating to the Donkeys Help Foundation, and plan to arrive between 10 am and 3 pm to allow yourself about 2 hours to see the whole park. To find it, drive south toward Belnem, and take the first left turn after the airport, at the Donkey Sanctuary sign, then go 2.4 km on the bumpy and dusty dirt road to the entrance. It's definitely worth the drive!

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