Travel Tuesday - Bonaire's Donkey Sanctuary

Happy Travel Tuesday Everyone!! 
This week we are wrapping up our Caribbean travels with a visit to a very special place!
I'll hand things over to our tour guide, Flo, to tell you more!!

Thank you Miss Dory!!
Today we are going to visit a very special place in Bonaire where they take care of Donkeys!!
Arty, would you tell your friend that, no, we will not be using his services today, we will be riding in the back of your pawrents truck!!

Let's go Arty!!!

This will give you an idea of how the donkeys and goats just run free around the island! There are packs of goats and herds of donkey's everywhere!! This is one of the reasons the Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary was founded.

 The Donkey Sanctuary was founded in 1993, by a couple in Bonaire (Marina Melis and Ed Koopman), to help donkeys in need. You see, donkeys were originally brought over by the Spaniards in the 1700's to help with farming. Later they were used by the salt miners to help "harvest" the salt. Unfortunately, with the advancement of technology, the donkeys were abandoned. They roamed the island largely on their own to multiply. With the arid climate, and lack of vegetation to donkeys suffered from starving and thirst. Add in the increase of motor vehicles and, well, we think you can guess the outcome.
(click HERE or on the Donkey Sanctuary Button to visit their website and learn more!)

The Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary has made it a priority to spay and neuter all donkeys brought into the sanctuary. They help sick and injured donkeys and take in all pregnant females to ensure the safety of their newborns! Above, we have a three day old foal and his Mama (on the left) and one of his nannies welcoming him!

Right now they have over 400 donkeys in the sanctuary and many, many more that are still roaming the island!!

 Just look at this little guy eating some lunch!!

"sniff, sniff"
 What is that we smell??

CARROTS!!! They aren't just for bunnies, you know!!

Look at those beautiful eyelashes!!

Here is a movie we made of our ride feeding the donkeys!!
You can also go to YouTube and watch it by clicking 

Thank you so much for sharing our trip to Bonaire with us! We had a great time, but it was nice to come home and see the rest of our pack!

Next week we start a series of post documenting our travels around our own state of California!!


Whitley Westie said...

How cool!

Julie said...

Wow, what a great place!
Oh I do wants to haf an Iguana of my very own!
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

♥Mona + Prissy + Angel Weenie♥ said...

Wow!! That looks like it was a great trip. Wish we could have gone there too.

Love ya.......Mommy's girls

♥Mona + Prissy + Angel Weenie♥ said...

Wow!! That looks like it was a great trip. Wish we could have gone there too.

Love ya.......Mommy's girls

Earl Lover said...

PAWsome, or should I say HOOFsome?!?!

Emma said...

OMD! My mom is nuts for goats and donkeys! She thinks they are so fun and cute, although stubborn. What a great post and love the photos!

Mark Muller said...

wow the one behind your car acted like a racing horse :o) it's great that they have a place like that sanctuary... and thanks for inviting me to your trip, it's great that we have good places litke this one for animals on our slice earth :o)

Sandra said...

i loved the video and i teared up a little while watching the donkey follow the truck, so glad they have the sanctuary for them. I would love to visit them

Oz theTerrier said...

Oh Dory, you video was wonderful. Look at all those beautiful donkeys. I am so glad they started the sanctuary to help them stay healthy and safe.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Hey there Minis - that was an extra special outing to end the trip - thank you so much for taking us along with you!!! You are the best tour guides. Hug and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

Madi and Mom said...

SPLENDID POST OMDonkeys my mom would love some donkey eyelashes!!
YAY for the folks caring for them.
We have a colony of wild horses near Corolla, NC on our Outer Banks....they too were brought over by the Spaniards to help with work in the new world.

hugs madi your bfff

Murphy said...

Now when you asked what the smell was we thought you were going to comment on an obvious issue. We have found that there are many islands where an abundance of animals raom free. There is a Greek island where there are a million cats roaming free, can't recall the name this minute, and in Athens dogs roam among the ruins. The odd thing is that they are not aggressive as "rescue" groups feed them on a regular basis.

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Marg said...

You were so right, Dory, Mom loves this post. It is so much fun to see the donkeys all nice and free. What fun to go feed the donkeys. What a great trip you had. You all have a great Tuesday now.

stellaroselong said...

What a cool drool place, we think those peoples have great big hearts!
stella rose

Casey said...

Oh wow, I bet it was FUN hanging out with those donkeys!

The Army of Four said...

Oh, geez, now you've done it! Our mom wants a donkey now! I wonder how much room it will take up in the bed?

LBJ said...

What a wonderful thing they are doing for the donkeys! We so enjoyed sharing the adventures with you.

Abby ab

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

A sanctuary for donkeys!!! How wonderful of those who run it. PHantom always loved to visit the mini donkeys up the street from us - we bet he would love to have gone on that ride with you.

Woos - Ciara and Lightning

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

Thank you for taking us to that wonderful spot. We really enjoyed it. I think we enjoyed it more looking at your pictures then we would going there. We kind of think it might smell.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

That donkey used to live at my house!

Poodle At Play said...

This sounds like a very awesome rescue...we loved seeing all those donkeys safe and sound there. Thank you for sharing it with us.