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The people

Marina Melis

Marina Melis
Marina is the founder and driving force of Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire. Seven days a week she cares for more than 400 donkey ‘children’ heart and soul, she is on stand-by to rescue live wild donkeys in distress and manages everything in the sanctuary.

Ed Koopman

Ed Koopman
Ed, who is Marina’s husband, made almost all the buildings in the sanctuary himself: shop, stables, water well, windmill, watch-tower and so on. He works daily on maintenance and technical jobs in the park.

Genaro Anthony

Genaro Anthony
Genaro assists in all heavy and technical jobs at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire. But above all he is a specialist in catching live wild donkeys. Thanks to his skills, many donkeys were brought in to spend the rest of their lives lovingly cared for.

Marion Jeursen

Marion Jeursen
Before Marion left the Netherlands to move to Bonaire in 2007, she worked as a manager in a perfumery. Living on Bonaire, one day she found a badly injured donkey foal and called the sanctuary. Sadly this foal did not survive, but Marion was touched by our good work and started to work with us as a volunteer. She helps take care of the donkeys and welcomes visitors.

Tom van Gameren

Tom van Gameren
Tom comes from the Netherlands and will help us for the upcoming months as a volunteer with building the new feeding station and putting up fencing. But also with the care for the donkeys and many other jobs he is a great help!

Elvira de Kool

Elvira de Kool
Elvira works with us as a volunteer. Her education in animal management and in tourism come in very useful. Moreover we are very happy with her dedication and bright presence!