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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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So much fun!

We knew we had to take the kids here during our trip, and a great time was had by all! Its a very... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
xtina_summerfield
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Rumson, New Jersey
Definitely A must

The animals are all very friendly and a lot of fun to go and either walk bike or drive through... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jimb2468
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Negril, Jamaica
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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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Lima z/n | Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands, Bonaire
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We knew we had to take the kids here during our trip, and a great time was had by all! Its a very low key setting and wasn't too crowded when we went. The donkeys are plentiful and love eating right out of your hand....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The animals are all very friendly and a lot of fun to go and either walk bike or drive through. Make sure to buy some carrots in the gift shop $3 for a bag(buy a few bags they go fast) to feed the donkeys. Either...More

1  Thank jimb2468
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The good news: We finally did this "tour" because my daughter and wife wanted to. I thought it would just be seeing some donkeys in a pen but this is a self-guided driving tour with hundreds of donkeys that stick their heads right in your...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I read about the sanctuary on the island .I was so impressed with the level of care that is provided. We purchased a couple of bags of carrots and watched the series of events. We went on top of the peer to watch the feed...More

1  Thank K3870XEsharonl
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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

Amazing sanctuary. Donkeys very well cared for. We loved our visit. Especially enjoyed feeding carrots to many very friendly donkeys.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

One of my favorite things to do on Bonaire when I am not in the water. Grab some carrots and come and make 700 new friends. Remember your camera for some fun selfies. Just a small donation to enter and has a nice gift shop...More

1  Thank AlanB5
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Get the carrots for $3 and take lots of pictures! The donkeys are so funny - they wait for your car to enter so they can "beg" for carrots. Cute gift shop.

1  Thank Katie M
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The donkey sanctuary was fun. It is a drive through maze with donkeys everywhere. They come right up to your vehicle and are mostly quite nice. Definitely take along lots of carrots. The sanctuary does good work and worth supporting.

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Loved that you drive thru. We didn’t bring enough carrots as there are 700 donkeys and we had a lot come up to the car. After the drive through we stopped to see a 1 week old donkey. They also had turtles and iguanas for...More

1  Thank Tracey B
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

Marina has been very conscientious in establishing this place that currently houses 715 donkeys (and counting), thereby assisting donkeys who have been injured and decreasing related vehicular accidents. Although the donkeys are very insistent on getting "their" carrots from your car window, they are still...More

1  Thank Mainers-on-vacation
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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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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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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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