|By John P. Wahlig on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 - 3:17 pm:|
Two years ago, we where in Bonaire and seeing a donkey was a special sighting. To see one on the side of the road was worthy of stopping to look. This year I was shocked to see such an explosion in the population. There were so many donkeys, that I started watching for them as road hazards.
|By Glen Reem on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 - 12:23 am:|
Suspect the populaton hasn't changed that much in 2 years--water availability has, and therefor food in their wilderness. Earlier threads have talked to donkeys coming to habitation this year for both. Sustainable population depends on environmental conditions, as it does for us. Doubt anyone has that sort of number but perhaps the Sanctuary people have thoughts about it.
|By michael gaynor on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 - 8:39 am:|
Glenn...you are probably correct re population. I am having a meeting with Marina, re encouraging folks to STOP feeding the donkeys by the road side. They really are not wild animals and do let folks approach them with handouts. This has caused serious threats to donkeys, motorists and joggers alike! Stay tuned for a follou up
|By Glen Reem on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 - 12:04 pm:|
Good for you, Michael.
|By Liz Ginocchio on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 - 11:59 pm:|
Michael, As much as we enjoy the donkeys I Have to agree, something has to be done. During our last trip (end of June beginning of July), Ed accidently left the gate open to our yard. Later that evening (it was dark) he went to take the garbage out, well it was one of those you had to be theres....but I heard two screams...one from my husband and the other from the donkey who walked into the yard and knocked the garbage can over to see if there was anything to eat!!!! The had frightened each other. Needless to say we both make sure the gate is ALWAYS!!! closed. We will be back down November 25-Dec 2 and will bring a weeks worth of NYT for you...the new computer is up and running and thanks re: our website...can't wait to revamp it!
|By Glen Reem on Thursday, August 23, 2001 - 11:24 am:|
My daughter lives right behind the Voz di Bonaire radio station. One night, with the front and back living room doors open, 'several' donkeys thundered through the room, out and over the backyard fence. Doors are closed since.
|By Barry Gassert on Thursday, August 23, 2001 - 10:54 pm:|
Glen...just goes to show how welcoming G's house is..... I'm sure it would help me decide to keep the doors, too, welcoming or not. Good thing no one was hurt.
|By Al Schroedel on Tuesday, June 18, 2002 - 1:52 pm:|
Donkey population is on the decline; now around 200 plus or minus. Drought and cars have contibuted to this decline. Gov't reportedly wants to kill all the donkeys but had *promised* a plan whereby Sanctuary could take care of entire population. Sanctuary still waiting for the plan. Police have allegedly killed donkeys for the "sport" of it. These animals served the population well as beasts of burden until cars arrived about 50 years ago. Now perhaps too many seek the "final solution" instead of the "compassionate" one.
|By Sarah on Tuesday, June 18, 2002 - 5:19 pm:|
I wish I could do more to help....
|By Al Schroedel on Wednesday, June 19, 2002 - 1:43 pm:|
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