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. 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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  • August 15, 2017
    Went here with my daughter as part of an excursion. We went early in the morning and purchased food pellets to give the donkeys. They are very friendly and enjoyed the food and the attention. The lady...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    If you are an animal lover, this is a must do. It moved locations in 2016 so make sure you have an updated map.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We went here in the morning and they were putting out the hay for the donkeys. We helped out and then played with them. They're pretty friendly and there are a ton of them! You could tell how happy th...  more »
  • March 14, 2017
    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!
  • June 10, 2017
    A wonderful nonprofit that is doing great work to protect these animals and to preserve some of the history and culture of Aruba.
  • March 7, 2017
    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.
  • March 11, 2017
    We loved it. The donkeys were very friendly and the kids enjoyed feeding them.
  • January 29, 2017
    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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