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Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

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Lima z/n | Kaya IR. Randolph Statius van Eps, Bonaire
+599 9 560 7607
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Awesome experience

I love this place. The donkeys are well taken care for and it's just ovely to see them. At the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fun activity on the last day after diving.

The Donkey Sanctuary is a drive through adventure. You can roll the windows down and the Donkeys... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Charles B
Chicago, Illinois
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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%
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Lima z/n | Kaya IR. Randolph Statius van Eps, Bonaire
+599 9 560 7607

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place. The donkeys are well taken care for and it's just ovely to see them. At the store you can buy some carrots, please do this, since they need the fundings. And keep some carrots for the donkeys on the way back,...More

Thank LisavM7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Donkey Sanctuary is a drive through adventure. You can roll the windows down and the Donkeys will let you pet them, or you can feed them carrots. They are very friendly so you have to drive very slowly. Parts are muddy and I was...More

Thank Charles B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let's be honest, there isn't much to do in Bonaire that doesn't revolve around the water. On our last day there, we decided to go visit the Donkey Sanctuary. MOST FUN EXPERIENCE EVER!!! You pay an entrance fee to drive around in the park. You...More

Thank GroovieGurlie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place for kids or anyone who loves donkeys. The donkeys of the island have been in this protected sanctuary, and are well cared for. We went twice in two days, the kids liked it so much. You pay an entrance fee,...More

Thank Tankster
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

€7 entry fee each and you can also buy carrots in the shop. When we first drove up to the cattle grid all of the donkeys came running up to the car and surround us. They ran along side the car as we drove which...More

Thank alinasw22
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

We rented a golf cart for the day and we were able to drive through the donkey park in our cart. It seems amazing how many donkeys are here being cared for. There is a cool observation deck and so many opportunities to interact with...More

1  Thank Ames635
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Great place to go. Learned a lot about rescued donkeys. We really enjoyed this trip and the drive through the park is really fun because the donkeys know you have carrots and they want them! Yes the sanctuary sells you a bag of carrots for...More

1  Thank Charles D
Reviewed 7 August 2017

This place is out there a ways, but a good pit stop coming or going from Kralendijk and Lac Bay. You can buy a little bag of carrots to hand out to the donkeys and trust me...they expect a carrot! They have an observation tower...More

Thank Bassin66
Reviewed 7 August 2017

An adventure like no other. If you like donkeys, lots and lots of donkeys, this is the place to go. A guaranteed smile at the end. Your donations will help keep this sanctuary doing it's good work.

Thank rdeverson
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

This is a must-see Sanctuary on any trip to Bonaire. It was an awesome experience and far exceeded our expectations. When you arrive at the sanctuary be sure to purchase several bags of carrots because you will be meeting many donkeys who would like a...More

1  Thank Cathy L
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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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