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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  • Be sure to note the personalities of the different donkeys. We loved the greeter...she walked us in and out. So cute!  more »
  • Walk right in and take your time with the animals. All are friendly and it was bout 3 bucks for a large bag of food. We got post cards here as well in the gift shop. The staff pretty much leaves you a...  more »
  • And a simple farm with many donkeys, cute and sweet but don't go specially because besides them there is nothing else. Children will be happy to see them and touch them but don't expect anything of that. Donkeys are still very cute and docile.
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  • This was one of the most heartfelt sanctuaries I have ever visited. The owner and the rest of the staff are awesome and caring. They let you do what you want to interact with the donkeys. Santa, a beautiful donkey that was hurt in a car accident that broke his front legs is walking and loving life. We were told about his story and saw a volunteer that said they come each year for a couple of weeks and give him a whole banana (his favorite). The genuine feelings expressed at this sanctuary made me feel at home and will always make me want to visit when I come to Aruba again.
  • This place is run by mostly by good hearted volunteers who truly care for these gentle animals. There are roughly 130 donkeys here. The sanctuary is run entirely by donations. You can feed the donkeys and walk along then. Donkeys can be "adopted" on a yearly basis.
  • A great free activity in Aruba. The sanctuary is a bit far from the resorts, but fun for the whole family. You can bring your own treats (apples, carrots, etc) or purchase feed from the sanctuary for the donkeys as well as snack and beer for the humans. Their gift shop is amazing with a children’s book written by the owner. You can sponsor or adopt your favorite donkey as well. The donkeys see food and come running! We fed the donkeys and then enjoyed just watching others and having a beer. This is a must stop for all animal lovers while in Aruba.
  • the donkey sanctuary is a great stop when your in Aruba. You get to walk right in with the donkeys and get right up close to them. They are friendly but they do get very competitive for food so when you go to feed them be very careful.
  • I loved this place so much. Donkey's everywhere!! You get to feed them and there's a peacock too. The lady that runs it is so nice and the donkey's are so cute!!! Please go and donate to help save donkeys!!
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