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Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

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Address: Lima z/n | Kaya IR. Randolph Statius van Eps, Bonaire
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+599 9 560 7607
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

In 1993 Dutch Nationals, Marina Melis and her husband Ed Koopman,...

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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We love animals and nature and what they are trying to do here to help the donkeys is wonderful. The poor donkeys need a place to be safe, and many are returned to the wild. You... read more

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La Grange, IL
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La Grange, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We love animals and nature and what they are trying to do here to help the donkeys is wonderful. The poor donkeys need a place to be safe, and many are returned to the wild. You drive through the 160 acres to see about 600 donkeys of many colors and sizes. Be sure to bring plenty of carrots to feed... More 

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Tampa, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went here with my wife and 2 kids and had a great time. We bought 2 packs of carrots, but they didn't last long. The kids had an awesome time petting the baby donkeys in the nursery. We'll be back here on our next trip in July.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love the donkey sanctuary! She does a wonderful job caring for over 600 donkeys so they don't have to run wild on the island and get hit by cars, or starve. Buy several bags of carrots on site and as you drive through the park, the donkeys will come running and eat out of your hand! Every time we... More 

Thank Lynncal
Chatham, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We rented a golf cart for the day and our first stop was the Donkey reserve. There 600 Donkeys in the Reserve. You can drive threw the open area in a car or golf cart. The Donkeys are very friendly and will stick their head in your vehicle but quickly loose interest when they realize that you have no food.... More 

Thank Armlee
Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful place to visit and grwat cause as well. LOTS of hungry donkeys and sometimes, they can be a little pushy but, all in good fun! We've been to Bonaire 5 times now and it is by far, our favorite scuba diving destination and plan on returning many more times!

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Hebron, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the sanctuary about 1 week ago with friends.Interesting drive thru the groups of donkeys that will surround your vehicle looking for a handout if you stop.The trick is to keep driving,they will move out of the way,Meanwhile you're feeding them carrots out the windows.Just hold the food out the window and they take it on the run up to... More 

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not only do you get to pet baby donkeys but it's one of the happiest couple of hours you can spend for very little money while supporting a very good cause. Take plenty of carrots and feed the donkeys as you drive through the reserve it's the best laugh we've had in ages.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to see wild donkeys. These poor animals would be dead long ago without help. Support their humane efforts

Thank Steven S
San Diego, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to see the donkeys, because the free roaming ones are fairly scarce nowadays, just walk and see the ones in the pen at the very beginning. If you take the long drive around the sanctuary, it is definitely strange....You have to slalom around all of the donkeys as they come right up to the vehicle in search... More 

Thank robert_brauer
St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

awesome place in Bonaire. Hundreds of free roaming donkeys over a huge acreage. Did in a golf cart so was unable to feed them, but the experience was truly epic. Please donate cause it's run solely on private donations. Nice gift shop too.

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