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Donkey Sanctuary Aruba

Address: Sta Lucia 4A, Santa Cruz 11111, Aruba
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Ranch & Farm
Owner description: Visit Donkey Sanctuary Aruba where you can feed and pet the donkeys from the safety of our enclosed...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Ranch & Farm
Owner description: Visit Donkey Sanctuary Aruba where you can feed and pet the donkeys from the safety of our enclosed porch. They especially love apples and carrots, so feel free to bring some along. There is no admission fee, though your generous donations are greatly appreciated and are what continue to allow us the ability to care for our donkey family, which has approximately 130+ members at the moment. Our volunteers will be more than happy to show you around and answer your questions. And if you get there early enough, you can even help with the daily chores of feeding and caring for the donkeys, a great and educational experience for children! If you’d rather just observe, then you’re welcome to grab a seat on our covered porch, sit back with some coffee or a cold beverage and snack from our concession stand, or take a look inside our gift shop. Whatever you decide, we look forward to seeing you there!

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Rockville, Maryland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

the place stinks. Donkeys are cute but they stink. I made a mistake, I did not fly to Aruba to spend my limited time there at a smelly donkey sanctuary. There a plenty of places at home in the U.S to see donkeys.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

This one is rather unique. In planning my last-day-on-Aruba-island-tour I admit I hadn’t pictured visiting a group of sheltered donkeys, but when it was mentioned by the concierge of my hotel I chose these over the ostriches. Although once widespread on the island and used for transport, the donkeys were pushed to the periphery literally and figuratively as Aruba became... More 

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Riverton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

It was so much fun to meet the residents of the sanctuary - 50 friendly and hungry guys and gals with big ears and soft muzzles! The staff shared the history of the donkeys on Aruba and answered any and all questions. These folks are doing great work for these amazing animals. Highly recommended!

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Montclair, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

The director of the sanctuary was not available but there was a volunteer available to answer our questions about the remaining wild donkeys in Aruba and how the public donations are being used. My daughter and I had a great time she even fed the donkeys. We also learned quite a bit about the wild donkeys and how they arrived... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Every year I visit Aruba I go see the donkeys with Ms.Desiree Eldering, the director of the sanctuary. I had said in my last review that the sanctuary relies only on donations. The Dutch government pays for some of the supplies and board member salaries. The sanctuary and the new one being readied now for opening in Bringamosa do rely... More 

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nyc
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We were hoping to find healthy well cared for donkeys and that is what we found. Finding the sanctuary was a terrible ordeal. they are only allowed to have two signs which presents a challenge to those who want to visit and donate. They receive no funds from the government and are limited in advertising, EXCEPT if you go through... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

After a pointless trip to the ostrich farm ( read my Scathing review ) this was the next stop on the island tour , its completely run by caring volunteers and a worthy cause to donate a few dollars to. This is nice stop on the tour to see that not all people want to pump money out of poor... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

Free to get in but donations welcomed. Loved visiting the sanctuary. The lady we spoke to is very friendly and clearly loves and cares for the donkeys. Feed and donkey gifts available. Worth a visit, kids would love it.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Little difficult to find on your own, but worth the trip. Nice to see these animals being taken care of by someone who loves them deeply. Cant wait to see the new facility.

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Noord, Aruba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Took the quad and headed to the Donkey Sanctuary. If you are a Geocacher, too, this place is a must visit for a good cache. Aside from that, the place is great and their cause is even better. Small and large bags of food are available to feed the donkeys for $1/$3 respectively. You are also welcome to bring your... More 

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