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Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

#6 of 106 things to do in Bonaire Features Animals
Lima z/n | Kaya IR. Randolph Statius van Eps, Bonaire
+599 9 560 7607
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fun time feeding donkeys

It is easy to see why this sanctuary is important. Well designed and staffed. Easy to take your... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Hartford, Connecticut
Great break from the water

Took a half day to explore southern part of island. Road to donkey sanctuary leads to other side... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Madison, Wisconsin
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Lima z/n | Kaya IR. Randolph Statius van Eps, Bonaire
+599 9 560 7607

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Reviewed yesterday

It is easy to see why this sanctuary is important. Well designed and staffed. Easy to take your time and - if you get carrots - attract quite a donkey crowd. Rather unique adventure on an island known for diving!!

Thank Lisa_and_Larry_12
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Took a half day to explore southern part of island. Road to donkey sanctuary leads to other side, volcanic ground, huge surf, and donkeys. Stop at grocery store and buy lots of carrots (you can buy small bunch there) and then prepare to have 500...More

Thank YogimomSK
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our family was able to visit Bonaire this summer after not being there for 8 years. One of our favorite pictures from our last visit was driving through here with donkeys poking their heads through the truck windows and our 9 year old son with...More

Thank ScubaJanet
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank HoosierScubaDiver
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Cendy S
Marion J, Manager at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
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6 April 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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24 January 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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30 October 2016|
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Response from Marion J | Property representative |
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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