This donkey, one of the residents of the Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary, is a decedent of the donkeys brought to the island of Bonaire in the mid 1530s. The earliest arrivals were able to freely roam the island but they were eventually captured for their hides. As the centuries past the donkey population easily out numbered the human. When the salt trade began to grow on the island, donkeys were domesticated and hauled people and goods around. Today the donkeys are once again free to roam the land and some are fortunate enough to find their way to Donkey Sanctuary where they can live in peace as this one did.
Photograph taken on June 22, 2011