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 stopped here as part of our self guided scooter tour around the island. We only pet the donkeys on the outer perimeter of the reserve. They were adorable. Not sure about going inside the fences..we...  more »
  • Best fun in Aruba is at the Donkey Sanctuary. Sure, the beach, ocean and sun are fabulous but visiting the DS is a forever-experience. You can never forget hearing them bray, patting their muscles, fe...  more »
  • I’m a huge animal lover and this place just made me so happy. It’s free and you can bring your own carrots or apples to feed the donkeys. The donkeys loved it and so did I! I brought two pounds of car...  more »
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  • So grateful to have had the opportunity to spend some time with these beautiful creatures. Will most definitely return ❤️
  • Being a volunteer 19 years ago, I instantly fell in love with this 'new' sanctuary! See you back soon as a volunteer again 😊
  • 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.

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