Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, Santa Cruz

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Meet the charming residents of Donkey Sanctuary Aruba. Established in 1997, the sanctuary houses and cares for the donkeys that were abandoned when Aruba introduced more modern forms of transportation. Feed and pet the hardworking equines, learn their names and stories, and help the volunteers care for the animals. Pick up a snack or a quirky souvenir at the gift shop. Donkey Sanctuary Aruba is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Santa Cruz Edition.
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  • On our way to the National Park, we just happened to stumble upon the Donkey Sanctuary. Deciding to go in was a great idea! They have taken wonderful care of many animals, and not just donkeys. We got...  more »
  • We went twice. Granddaughter 7 was ok but grandson 2+ loved it. Of course we bought the food but the kids enjoyed very much. We even had to go a second time  more »
  • This trip was also a 1/2 day Ronald was the Guide. It went to the donkey farm which as far as I can tell all that excellent supplies the donkeys, then it went to the ostrich farm and the collecting station of animals needed help on Aruba. There are also in each station a guided tour through the controller or keepers. It was explained to all class and Ronald with charm and wit stepped in when needed. This tour was very entertaining and informative. Just great. Excursions that we were booked at El-tours all of the Irene tour guide recommended, 3 x standing guests to the page but also with advice and a week in the hotel. Thank you to all.
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  • So grateful to have had the opportunity to spend some time with these beautiful creatures. Will most definitely return ❤️
  • Love this place! The caregivers provide a loving home for these sweet animals. We visit every time we visit Aruba. We'll be there again in a few weeks.
  • Such a great experience. The donkeys are all really friendly and love to interact with visitors. Don't bother buying food and bringing it here - they sell bags of pellets which are healthier for the donkeys for cheaper anyways. It's totally free so buying their food goes a long way to help support the sanctuary. A must visit while in Aruba!
  • A wonderful nonprofit that is doing great work to protect these animals and to preserve some of the history and culture of Aruba.
  • This place was great! its free to enter and only a $1 to feed them a small pale of food. They were super funny to be fed and very friendly, even if a little aggressive for food haha.

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