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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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Absolutely loved this visit

Bring veggies or buy carrots at the facility and buy more, more, more than you think you need... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lisa E
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Los Angeles, California
Get lots of carrots!

This is a great place to go and see how the many (700+) donkeys are cared for on the island. You... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kevin H
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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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Reviewed 4 days ago

Bring veggies or buy carrots at the facility and buy more, more, more than you think you need because it is so much fun to feed these sweet animals.

1  Thank Lisa E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to go and see how the many (700+) donkeys are cared for on the island. You can buy carrots to feed the donkeys as you drive through. Buy lots, they love them! It is great that they are being cared...More

1  Thank Kevin H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! Donkeys galore - like over 700 of them. We opted to drive through and couldn’t believe how so many of the donkeys attached themselves to our truck. They aren’t shy and within seconds, I had 6 donkey heads in my window and one was...More

1  Thank dawnhammer72
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I actually visited the donkey sanctuary last year during a cruise stop to Bonaire. This place had me declaring Bonaire as my favorite island in the Caribbean! My husband and I fell in love with the donkeys - each one had a different personality. They...More

1  Thank Dana S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a unique place! When on Bonaire, you will notice countless wild donkeys lingering by the roads. When these wild donkeys become sick or injured, they are brought to this donkey sanctuary for rehabilitation and a safe place to stay. Visitors are welcome to drive...More

Thank s551s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make sure you buy a bag of carrots and donkeys will be all over you. They even have a successful stalking strategy, few donkeys will run in front of the car to stop you and then others go straight for the windows, eventually you will...More

Thank Windy_Al
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There were so many positive reviews and exciting comments that I said to myself, "wow, I have to check this place out!" We were only going to be in the port for a few hours before getting on the ship and cruising to the next...More

Thank doubleabattery
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting the donkeys at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire is always one of my highlights when visiting Bonaire! There are plenty of super friendly donkeys to pet, feed and as my husband says, "kiss-up". We always go with plenty of pre-cut carrots to feed the donkeys (this...More

Thank SUSAN C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went in early December 2017. I'm a woman in my early 30s and traveling with my boyfriend in his 40s. This was a couples vacation for fun. I love animals and botanical gardens and that kind of stuff. It is exactly what it sounds...More

Thank Feyinbetween
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of friendly donkeys with dedicated staff that attends to their needs. What the owners have done is nothing short of remarkable. Expect to spend about 2-3 hours.

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YesITravelALot
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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hughes753
24 January 2017|
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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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LADWhitePlains
30 October 2016|
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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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