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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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My 16-year-old daughter's favorite part of the whole vacation.

We went to the donkey sanctuary because our dive shop said it was worth the trip. Hundreds of donkeys swarmed our pickup, jockeying for position close to the food, then... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Gotham, Wisconsin
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Gotham, Wisconsin
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to the donkey sanctuary because our dive shop said it was worth the trip. Hundreds of donkeys swarmed our pickup, jockeying for position close to the food, then incredibly gently plucked carrots 2 inches long from the lips of my daughters and munched hay from our open palms without ever coming close to biting our hands. They reach... More 

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Marion J, Manager at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice comment and we hope to see you again! Kind regards Marion More 

Staunton, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Was met at the entrance and after paying, rode in on a golf cart for the tour. Hundreds of donkeys here! And you can reach out and touch them. Great way to spend some time and the money you pay goes towards the care of the donkeys. Highly recommend!

Thank Terry H
Marion J, Manager at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice comment and I hope that you had a wonderful time on Bonaire! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed my driving tour through the Donkey Sanctuary. These donkeys are very cute, and very curious animals! There was little interaction with humans on this tour. Sadly human interaction was a bit cold and almost rude. However, I came to see the donkeys, not the people! It is a self drive tour through the sanctuary, and these animals seem... More 

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Magnolia, DE
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A non-profit operation for the welfare of Bonaire donkeys---about 600 of them!! A drive through attraction. Modest fee & proceeds of gift shop & snack bar support the sanctuaries work of carrying for I'll, injured & indigent donkeys. Buy a couple bags of carrots to feed the donkeys...they are not shy! Includes a covered pinic area. Located on 158 acres... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did stop by but didn't actually go in as there was a $7.00 per person entry fee. You can see the donkeys from the parking lot and wasn't sure what more there would be to know if we had actually paid the fee to enter

Thank Linda K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would have never expected this to be worth a visit, but it was a blast! The donkeys are dirty, but come right up and stick their heads in your window looking for food and petting. I thought this was hilarious and the two teenage girls in the backseat couldn't stop laughing. My wife, on the other hand, hated it!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful place to visit for an afternoon. You're going to get DIRTY so be prepared. But, the animals are adorable and very friendly if you're going to feed them....Don't just blow past the beginning portion. Take the mini-tour in the front and learn about what the Sanctuary is all about. You will want to give them more than... More 

Thank Kari H
Woodbridge, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family had so much fun at the Donkey sanctuary--this place will make you fall in love with these gentle animals. When we first drove in and saw them all coming out to see us, knowing full well we had carrots to feed them, we said it was like seeing a donkey apocalypse! We laughed the entire drive watching them... More 

Thank teammine
Marion J, Manager at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice comment and we are happy that you had a good time at the Sanctuary!Hopefully we see you again! Kind regards Marion More 

Buffalo NY
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

While on the beautiful island of Bonaire with a cruse ship, we rented golf carts to tour the island on our own. While enjoying the drive and the scenery, we spotted a small herd of donkeys and stopped for some photos. . .and then we arrived at the Donkey Sanctuary. What an incredible place!!! There are hundreds of charismatic, inquisitive,... More 

Thank Sandra A
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
2 reviews
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Very Interesting. Only $7 per adult to drive thru. Donkeys everywhere. Interesting. You do not see much from the road, but when you drive thru there are more that 700 donkeys. Interesting

Thank coach231
Marion J, Manager at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment,we appreciate it very much! Kind regards Marion More 

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