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Donkey Sanctuary Aruba

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Address: Sta Lucia 4A, Santa Cruz 11111, Aruba
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Description: Visit Donkey Sanctuary Aruba where you can feed and pet the donkeys from...
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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I was afraid to go near the donkeys but it was safe & clean & all were very friendly.Its a great cause & was part of a Depalm jeep tour & Ewald Naarden was our guide.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Mashpee, Massachusetts
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Mashpee, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

I was afraid to go near the donkeys but it was safe & clean & all were very friendly.Its a great cause & was part of a Depalm jeep tour & Ewald Naarden was our guide.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Lots of Donkeys! The Sanctuary is looking for donations to preserve and feed decreasing donkey population. You can feed the donkeys by purchasing a $1 or $3 bag of food pellets. Beware, the donkeys come from everywhere to eat! Small area, bathroom facility not great.

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Freedom, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

We loved the donkeys! It is a bit off the beaten path, but worth the trip. It was very peaceful to sit and watch the donkeys and exciting to feed them. This is not a commercialized tourist attractions, rather a non-profit looking out for the greater good of the island's donkeys.

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Niskayuna, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

If you are an animal lover like my wife and I are, you will fit right in and feel right at home at the Donkey Sanctuary in Aruba. You can feed and interact with the donkeys and everyone who works there is super friendly (just like, surprise, everyone else on the island).

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Winslow, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We rented a jeep for a couple of days and drove around the countryside. We came upon this small sign for the Donkey Sanctuary and decided to stop in. It's a simple operation that's home to many donkeys. You open the gate and walk up to the building where the caretakers sit. There's a little shop there where you can... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

If you love animals...really any animal at all, you'll love the Donkey Sanctuary. The donkeys are friendly, curious and love and good scratch on the nose. Bring as many carrots and cut up apples as you can carry!! I went twice just so I could feed them and observe them more. The donkeys even licked my hands after the carrots... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The ladies that work there are soooo nice. They have food to feed the donkeys for a dollar. We brought apples and carrots from the store and they had a knife so we could cut the apples. The love they showed for this herd was very heart warming. The donkeys like to mingle so have fun!

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We stopped at a grocery store prior to going to the sanctuary and purchased a bag of apples. When we first entered the main gate there were two donkeys (smart) that were hanging out for visitors. We started to feed those two donkeys then slowly others started to show up, one by one looking for a tasty treat. Fortunately the... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Small sanctuary for 50 donkeys (on-site), ability to buy food and feed the donkeys which is good fun for the kids. Very small gift shop, some drinks in the small cafe. A very good cause which needs (and deserves) support

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Kittanning, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We always enjoy seeing the donkeys. We appreciate these people for rescuing these donkeys & giving them a good home & keeping them safe & good health.

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