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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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Donkeys, donkeys, donkeys. If you love donkeys you’re in the right place. Donkey sanctuary Bonaire... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Chris H
via mobile
Hidden gem!

This was an unexpected great excursion. Lots of fun, great lady that runs the sanctuary, and a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joshua S
Corona, CA
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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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“gift shop” (42 reviews)
“baby donkeys” (26 reviews)
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Lima z/n | Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands, Bonaire
+599 9 560 7607

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Donkeys, donkeys, donkeys. If you love donkeys you’re in the right place. Donkey sanctuary Bonaire rescues injured donkeys and rehabilitates them through donation. We spent an hour driving around looking at all the different donkeys most of which were very happy to put their head...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an unexpected great excursion. Lots of fun, great lady that runs the sanctuary, and a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours when Bonaire. This is a must stop every time in Bonaire.

Thank Joshua S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome place to visit. You get carrots before starting your drive through and get ALOT of them. We got 4 bags...should have gotten about 10. The donkeys REALLY like carrots. At one point 3 heads were in window on my husband's side and 3 in...More

Thank Konakolina
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow this is a great place. We went twice. The first time with a bag of carrots and the second time with 4! We adopted a donkey. It's only about $170 and you get free admission and photos of your donkey. It provides care for...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Much like the tv show series the walking dead, we encountered The Walking Donkey. I have a seen a lot in my life when it comes to animals but this might be the ABSOLUTE MOST UNIQUE encounter I have ever had. My pictures should define...More

Thank ALEX P
Reviewed 8 November 2017

My husband and I visited the donkey sanctuary in Nov./17. What a great place! It's $7 USD to enter and you can purchase a bag of carrots for $3 USD Buy lots! We bought 4 bags and they only lasted half of the self guided...More

Thank badweather
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

On our Bonaire Cruisers self guided tour we stopped at the Donkey Sanctuary. There is a $7 admission fee per person. Also buy some carrots to feed the donkeys. We were in s golf cart and had no protection from the donkeys wanting to get...More

Thank rmpaul
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Love the donkeys, love giving them carrots, love having them swarm our car, loved our tour driver who drove us in there because we wanted to go. Loved finding myself excited and laughing!

Thank bethbroxton
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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

This was a highlight of our trip!! I absolutely fell in love with these donkeys. It is obvious they are well cared for. So heartwarming to see them and feed them carrots. You must buy a bag or two of carrots to treat them as...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Who would have thought a bunch of mellowed out island sanctuary donkeys would have such hilarious personality. They all seemed well feed and cared for. Congratulations to the very friendly and dedicated staff that take such great care of these animals. Often they have carrots...More

Thank CzGw
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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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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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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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