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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  • It was so nice to interact and feed the donkeys. It's wonderful what they do there, saving and caring for these animals. What a great place.  more »
  • We visited the Donkey Sanctuary as part of our Jeep Safari tour with ABC tours. We only had a 15 minute stop here which was plenty of time to see the donkeys. We were able to feed and pet them. A guid...  more »
  • Stop in with a group and learned the history of the donkey in Aruba. it is a shame how they are treated. the sanctuary is doing good work.  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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