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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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Definitely do this!!!!

We just got back from Aruba and one of the standouts for our entire trip was the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary. It has about 100 donkeys, who all look well-taken care of, and the lady... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
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Providence, Rhode Island
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We just got back from Aruba and one of the standouts for our entire trip was the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary. It has about 100 donkeys, who all look well-taken care of, and the lady who runs it is so nice and even got us a taxi back. She and her team of volunteers obviously put in a ton of work... More 

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chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

i loved this spot! the volunteers were very informative and hearing the history of the donkeys on the island was pretty neat. it was fun to feed the donkeys and spend some time with them. the drive to the sanctuary is beautiful too.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Although this is a family that saved abandoned donkeys on the island, it's very blah. They really need donations so plan a visit to Balashi Beer factory or Charlie' Bar while your on that side of the island. Rosa's food truck is to die for. I couldn't find it hear to give it a review but if you can find... More 

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Elk River, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Our family visited the donkey sanctuary and really enjoyed it. Prior to getting there, be sure to stop and buy apples and carrots. You can cut them up there and feed them to the donkeys...they love them. We arrived in the morning before the donkeys had been fed, so we got to feed them their hay and pellets for breakfast.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

If you're into nature and helping animals, then you must visit the Donkey Sanctuary. The refuge is devoted to caring for the native donkeys that historically were a critical component of Aruba's commerce. The refuge is staffed by volunteers that are very eager to inform you about the donkeys, how they are cared for, and the historic relationship between the... More 

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White Plains
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Definitely off road but worth the visit! The whole experience was unbelievable 50 donkeys who were totally friendly and well care for by volunteers! The food for the donkeys is paid for by visitor donations. Admission is free so I gladly made a donation for a truly worthwhile cause! You can feed the donkeys and view their behavior in a... More 

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Mequon, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

My family stopped by the donkey sanctuary and we fell in love with the donkeys. The owner has made it her passion to help these animals who have no where else to go. It was a great pleasure to give a donation to help them provide food and safety for the donkeys. Stop by and give the donkeys a hug,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We have been trying to find this place for 4 years and kept getting lost. This year by accident we found it! What a wonder place and the nicest people that run it. I am in love with these donkeys. They are so cute and smart. Especially a special one I took a liking to named Chocolate, what a ham.... More 

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

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

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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