• Mary Burney

The Donkey Sanctuary

When visiting Bonaire, be sure to visit the Donkey Sanctuary and get “up close and personal” with its inhabitants.

Donkeys have been living on this tropical island for hundreds of years as they were originally brought over to be used for hard labor. When modern transportation made these creatures unnecessary – they were simply left to their own devices to wander the island.

In 1993, Dutch nationals Marina Melis and Ed Koopman established this donkey sanctuary and today there are over 600 donkeys in residence.


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