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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  • We had a blast feeding and petting the donkeys. We took a cab but I would recommend renting a car instead.  more »
  • Fun experience. Feel that you are supporting a good local rescue operation. Animals are well cared for, the volunteer there was very interesting to talk to, fun to feed the donkeys.  more »
  • We made a special trip with a rental car to see to Donkey Sanctuary and so glad we did! When you arrive you walk through to the visitor's centre and you meet the donkeys along the way! The kids loved ...  more »
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  • It's hard to find anything free to do. This, however, is totally free. There was no pressure to donate, though the opportunity is there. Staff/volunteers are happy, friendly and informative. On entering, we were greeted by several friendly donkeys, eager to get a treat and scratch. Plus one donkey torpedo that really didn't seem to care much for my brother. Feed buckets are available for cheap, with a safe platform to feed from & a washing station. Some people brought in carrots/apples and you can wander about to visit the less social residents. A good stop to stretch.
  • The Donkey Sanctuary was recommended to us by friends and I am so glad we made the trip-it truly was one of the highlights to our time in Aruba. The sanctuary is beautiful and well kept. The volunteers and staff are so friendly and their love for the donkeys really shows. It was fun seeing the cats and roosters too! Great souvenirs and handmade items for sale as well.
  • Worth a visit for a good cause. Take a bag or two of carrots to feed the donkeys and toss a few crumbles to the chickens free ranging at the sanctuary. Friendly staff .
  • The donkeys are very sweet and friendly. I did not see a tour available but a volunteer explained to me some things about the donkeys and their sanctuary and showed me how to feed them. It is a little intimidating, because the donkeys will crowd around when they realize you have food. Fortunately, the donkeys pick the food up with their lips. Whenever I tried to offer them to eat out of the feed bucket, they'd bite the rim of the bucket, though. Not sure if they were trying to take it from me or just couldn't get their noses into the bucket. The sanctuary is very out-of-the-way, but I got there in a regular passenger car. The gift shop doesn't have a whole lot, but the experience overall was a positive one.
  • This donkey sanctuary is an oasis for wild animals that used to roam the roads and risk injury or death. It’s a bargain, at free admission, and fun for the whole family. You can buy food to feed the donkeys at less than two dollars. The photos and video? Priceless!
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