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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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Sweet and wonderful beings

Such a clean and beautiful place for these sweet beings to be. I encourage you to bring some apples and carrots and if you can some plastic cereal bowls for tourists to put the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Miami Beach, Florida, USA
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Germantown, Maryland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We recently had a tour in June of the Island which included the Donkey Sanctuary. No one was there to take care of them when we first arrived. It was very very hot and they had NO SHADE and very LITTLE water. They looked malnourshied and very distraught. Their eyes were sad and had dark liquid crusting out of the... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Such a clean and beautiful place for these sweet beings to be. I encourage you to bring some apples and carrots and if you can some plastic cereal bowls for tourists to put the food in they purchase. Iwas able to buy some from BigLots here in the US. The owner seemed very happy to have them.

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Creedmoor, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

The trip to the donkey sanctuary was my favorite thing in Aruba! Getting there was a little rough, and we even had a jeep. But it was well worth it. When we parked and walked through the gate, several donkeys came to greet us. Their smiling faces and wagging tales let us know we were in for a real treat.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

A fun experience. We drove up and it took a minute to realize that we were supposed to let ourselves in the gate. Immediately the donkeys came up to us and were very friendly. There is a small cafe where you can sit and feed the donkeys (they are behind a railing) for $1. We stopped by on our way... More 

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Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We popped in here when on our Jeep tour & it was lovely to see that these donkeys are cared for & looked after by a lady who obviously loves them to bits. We fed them and had a cold beer with a quick peep around the little shop. It was obviously very hot & they had plenty of shade... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The donkey sanctuary is a great spot to visit if you're already out and about, but I wouldn't recommend making a special trip unless you have your own rental car. It was too expensive to take a taxi, so my husband and I built this into our self-guided four wheeler tour of the island one afternoon. It's a little tricky... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

These donkeys are smaller than the ones in Bonaire and you do not drive through the sanctuary. You walk into the area and can hand feed them. The staff was not very attentive to visitors - we had to ask about how many, who sponsors, why the overpopulation, etc. I think they would get more donations if they would provide... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Went here part of the jeep baby beach trip buy sone food for a dollar and donkeys feed out of your hand. Nice place for kids

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I have a daughter who loves animals and horses, so when she heard Aruba has a donkey sanctuary, I knew we were going. I'm glad we did. In fact we ended up going three times. Like I said, I have a daughter who loves animals. The donkeys are so cute and they love the attention and of course the food.... More 

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Oranjestad, Aruba
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Between climbing Mt. Hooiberg and the Ayo rock formation we stopped to "take a break". The Donkey Sanctuary was a perfect place to rest between treks. The caretaker (Melinda I believe) was quite the donkey aficionado. Not only do they care for the donkeys at the sanctuary but have several of their own. While we were there (on our own... More 

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