Donkeys

Donkeys have been around on Bonaire since the 17th century. The Spanish brought the donkeys for transportation. When modern vehicles became available like pushcarts, donkeys were redundant and left to their fate. Bonaire is a predominantly rugged and arid island, making it difficult for the donkeys to survive. Nevertheless, there are hundreds of donkeys on Bonaire present. Because the donkeys can move freely on the island this regularly leads to traffic accidents.

 

fauna ezel thumbThe donkeys live in small herds of about 20 animals and can be 40 years old. During the day they seek the shade of the trees. In the early morning or early evening the donkeys are usually active.

Since 1993 injured, sick and orphaned donkeys are cared in a shelter, called Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire. Volunteers take care over 400 donkeys in a closed area. The shelter is open to visitors and is located south of the airport on the Kaya Ir.R. Statius van Eps.

 

Reduce your speed when you approach a donkey. They may cross the street unexpectedly.

 

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Tuesday 05 December 00:00
Sinterklaas
Friday 15 December 00:00
Kingdom Day
Saturday 16 December 18:00 - 10:00PM
Bonaire Christmas Shopping Night
Monday 25 December 00:00
Christmas Day
Tuesday 26 December 00:00
Boxing Day
Sunday 31 December 00:00
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