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Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, Santa Cruz

4.6
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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. By using our Santa Cruz vacation builder, you can arrange your visit to Donkey Sanctuary Aruba and other attractions in Santa Cruz.
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  • What a fabulous place, not just because it's free, but because of the great work and effort that goes into giving these lovely creatures a safe refuge. We bought a large bag of feed for $5 to feed the...  more »
  • What is it about barn yard animals and kids? Honestly, I didn't want to go (we were on a tropical island why see donkeys). But I gave in. This is a very nice facility with over 100 donkeys they have r...  more »
  • I have not long got back from a 2 week holiday from this paradise island which is Aruba. I was on a jeep safari tour when we stopped at the donkey sanctuary. I was pleasantly surprised. Considering th...  more »
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  • 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.
  • We loved it. The donkeys were very friendly and the kids enjoyed feeding them.
  • My husband and I rented a Villa just a few minutes up the road from the donkey sanctuary, we went every morning for a week to help feed the donkeys, such a joy, to help the volunteer that give their time and love to these marvelous creatures from God. I plan to volunteer every time we visit Aruba, I'll be back!!

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