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Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

#6 of 102 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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Decided to take a break between dives and come here as trip advisor reviews were great . We loved... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bristol, United Kingdom
via mobile
Donkey Love

Okay, I would be the first to agree that going out to visit with 650 donkeys is probably a bizarre... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Larry S
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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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 | Kaya IR. Randolph Statius van Eps, Bonaire
+599 9 560 7607
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Reviewed 2 days 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

Thank markoBRISTOL
Reviewed 3 days 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

Thank Larry S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We read about this prior to our trip and were excited to visit. We went in a truck so we purchased a bail of hay for 10.00 to feed the donkeys. Before we could even begin the tour we were surrounded by donkeys. They roam...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there and didnt expect much and have been positively surpriced. A very warm and friendly welcome and a good explenation about the sanctuary. Over 700 donkeys there. One cuter than the other. You can pet them and feed them and they are not...More

Thank Norman1501
Marion J, Manager at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your nice review and we hope to see you again. Kind regards Marion

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great time we had at the Donkey Sanctuary. Fed the donkeys carrots (buy whole ones, not baby and make sure that you get instructions on how to feed - not like horses as I assumed). Wall to wall donkeys on a nice, long...More

Thank Jane H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love to visit the Donkey Sanctuary each time we visit Bonaire! It is refreshing to visit an island where someone cares about the native wildlife and strives to make a difference. The money raised through donations and the nominal entry fee goes a long...More

Thank Nicole P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The donkey sanctuary is such a lovely and worthwhile place to visit. It is wonderful to see how these beautiful creatures are so well taken care of. There are so many donkeys that are hurt and that are nursed back to health by these amazing...More

Thank Louise H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So glad we went! It was a car tour, and the road was fully blocked with friendly, cheeky donkeys many times, so we got great pics! ONly gave 4 stars because I felt so sad fro some in the "Senior Meadow" and the special care...More

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

Thank you for your review and the donation,very kind of you.5 stars should be better to get more visitors,because all the entrance fee is for feeding them.And don't feel sad because the seniors and the special care donkeys have a good live and they get...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good attraction, lots and lots of Donkeys. I think it is a good organization. Buy some carrots or cut up some apples. They really like the food. The Donkeys do get a bit excited to get the food (keep your fingers safe :) If you...More

Thank Kyle S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very special atmosphere in this sanctuary. There are over 700 donkeys. The place is huge. Some of the donkeys were hilarious, some were serious. All in all, very mission. Well worth a visit.

Thank Bram V
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Hi. Do you know of any tour company that will take a group there. We're worried some of our older members may not like to get so close to the donkeys so a golf cart sounds a bit risky plus we don't like the idea of driving there. We're a group of 15 or so. I read it's $7 to drive thru? Is that per person/child? Thanks for your help and for what you do for the animals :)!
7 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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Checking to see how to get to your sanctuary from cruise ship carribean princess on Feb. 2,2017. How far are you from the pier? Taxi cost approx. Thank you for any advice. Joan Hughes
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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Is it possible to take a private taxi to the Donkey Sanctuary as opposed to a ship tour?
31 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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