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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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If you love animals find the place.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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111 reviews 111 reviews
15 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We rented a car for a day and decided to visit the Donkey Sanctuary. Driving in Aruba can be confusing because there are very few street or highway signs. We got lost for awhile but people helped us find our way. As you enter the sanctuary the Donkeys walk right up to you. That was quite a surprise. We brought... More 

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Chapin, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

This is a Donkey rescue for wild donkeys from the old mines. Not big but up close encounters with chow to hand feed. A rewarding visit.

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Michigan City
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

As the name implies, they are a sanctuary for donkeys. They have over 50 donkeys, some being restored to health, in enclosed area that you can feed and pet. FREE attaction, can make a donation to help offset the cost of food and care. Nice place for kids to visit.

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Ocean, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The visit was enlightening and interesting. Early settlers used donkeys for the gold mines. When industrialization came, the donkeys were set free to roam the island. A conservatory was formed to take care of those donkeys that were injured in road accidents or malnourished from periodic droughts. This farm had about 80 donkeys. there are another 50 donkeys at a... More 

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Fargo, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This place is a little off the beaten path so get directions. They save the wild donkeys and treat those that get injured by cars on the island. It is a nonprofit so they ask for a donation. (We donated and bought a cute T--shirt.) This is a few frills place, but you can buy feed to give to a... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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25 reviews 25 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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